Threatened Hospital Building Gets Life Support

Richard Moe of the National Trust for Historic Preservation makes a case for why one particular building should not only be saved for its historical significance, but also for its potential to foster economic development.
November 28, 2003, 11am PST | Connie Chung
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Richard Moe makes his case by citing the historical, social and architectural significance of the Cook County Hospital, as well as pointing out the little effort the County has made to consider alternative options to demolition. He also points to the possibilities for adaptive reuse and using the hospital as a catalyst for neighborhood redevelopment. He writes: "Chicago itself has an impressive record of using landmark buildings to bring new vitality to commercial and residential areas alike without sacrificing their unique character. The preservation and reuse of the Cook County Hospital offers this city a unique opportunity to save an irreplaceable piece of its rich history--and, in the process, to serve as a preservation model for other cities. It's the only option that makes sense."

Thanks to Connie Chung

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Published on Tuesday, November 25, 2003 in The Chicago Tribune
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