Brandenburg to Start Demolition on Prentice Hospital

Photo credit: Randy Plemel, Jr.

Photo credit: Randy Plemel, Jr.

We have learned that Brandenburg was issued a demolition permit by the City of Chicago on March 18th for the demolition of the old Prentice Hospital.

Brandenburg applied for an asbestos abatement permit with Cook County. The permit process takes ten days. The asbestos abatement should last about a week before demolition begins.

The Commission on Chicago Landmarks voted a second time last month to not grant final landmark status to Historic Prentice. Northwestern has long argued they needed to tear down the building to build a state of the art biomedical research facility. Preservationists argued the current structure could be adapted to fit the university’s needs.

The Landmarks Commission’s second vote was precipitated by a court ruling that sided with their original vote, but a judge said the way they came to their decision was not transparent.

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