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Past Exhibition

Reconsidering an Icon
Creative Conversations about Prentice Women's Hospital

photo: Hedrich Blessing, courtesy of Estate of Bertrand Goldberg/ Strawn.Sierralta with Plural Design

An iconic work of modernism.

The birthplace of hundreds of thousands of Chicago babies.

A building at the center of an impassioned debate.

Architect Bertrand Goldberg Prentice Women’s Hospital (1975) symbolizes Chicago’s status as a center of innovation. The designs displayed in this exhibition ask us to consider, "How can we ensure a future for Chicago’s architectural treasures?"

Prentice’s fate seems to be sealed. But all sides agree that Chicago’s architecture is critical to its identity and quality of life. Reconsidering an Icon highlights the threat facing many modernist structures and landscapes—and it demonstrates how designers can spark conversation and provide creative solutions.

Reconsidering an Icon features the three winners of the Chicago Architectural Club’s 2012 Chicago Prize design competition, which received 71 entries from 13 countries. The exhibition also presents visionary proposals offered by ten young Chicago firms and Studio Gang Architects.


Thank you to our exhibition sponsors and partners.

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Chicago Debate on Prentice
The Chicago Architecture Foundation's Chicago Debates series presented Re-use It or Lose It, a discussion about the fate of Prentice Women's Hospital and Chicago's other modernist icons.  See the highlights>>



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