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Lessons from the Save Prentice Hospital Campaign

After watching the time-lapse video of the demolition of Chicago’s Prentice Hospital one person commented that it was like watching a building slowly being erased. This video, seen below, shows the demolition of this modernist icon, which took place over several months in 2014. The campaign to...

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Winter 2015 Forum Journal: Strategies for Saving National Treasures

In the past, editorial cartoonists routinely depicted determined preservationists having a last-minute face-off with looming bulldozers to protest the demolition of a grand old courthouse or historic theater. While that approach may have grabbed the headlines 50 years ago, today the preservation...

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What Makes Modernism So Different?

by Beth Wiedower and Chris Morris The PLF blog features a series of posts exploring Modernist sites and efforts to preserve them. Join our top-notch blog contributors as they take you from Tucson’s Sunshine Mile to Googie coffee shops. We think you will enjoy the journey. Are the advocacy...

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[VIDEO] Saying Goodbye to Prentice Women’s Hospital, a Modernist Icon

By: Julia Rocchi Every preservationist, whether new to the game or a seasoned saver, walks into a fight knowing there's always a chance for loss. It's one of the unfortunate side effects of our cause -- that not every building will stay around for the next generation. Now that sad...

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Documentation: It’s More Than Just a Pretty Picture

While this more artistic shot of the concrete tower from below is quite dramatic, it also highlights the intersecting concrete arches that are the key to Prentice’s groundbreaking structural system.| Credit: National Trust There are many reasons...

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