The New York Times

A Vision to Avoid Demolition for a ’70s Pioneer


October 17, 2012


Michael Kimmelman

In this Critic's Notebook piece, New York Times Architecture Critic Michael Kimmelman discusses the current state of the preservation debate surrounding Bertrand Goldberg's Prentice Women's Hospital and puts forth a reuse concept for it created by Studio Gang: build a 31-story, state-of-the-art research tower atop it and use Goldberg's building to house medical offices, classrooms, or other desired uses.

"[H]owever morphing compromises an original design, buildings can become more fascinating and attractive as they accumulate new lives," Kimmelman writes. "Adding on top of the old Prentice is intended as a thought exercise in what might be called a third way that may not always get its due in preservation battles."

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