As the fight to save the Prentice Women’s Hospital, designed by Bertrand Goldberg in 1972, played out I couldn’t help but think that this is just the tip of the iceberg. Chicago and its surrounding suburbs, especially because of their growth after World War II, have a large cache of mid-century modern buildings.
Rare habitat, whether man made or nature made, is protected by law in California. With the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), historic resources such as buildings and urban landmarks, are recognized just like natural resources. This is because old buildings are irreplaceable and laws like CEQA, local ordinances, and landmark reviews reinforce this value.
One of the few remaining 1870s commercial loft buildings on Chicago’s Near West Side — the Holden Block — will be saved and brought back to its historic splendor thanks to its recent designation as a local Chicago landmark. The four-story Italianate loft building went up in 1872, just after the Great Chicago Fire, as […]