I'm "wearing another hat" here, the one of architectural devotee and perpetual student:
Blair Kamin wrote the article linked below for Sunday's Tribune, and there's not much to add. We need (as a city and a community) to think about historic treasures (even newer ones) as much as we do about any other famous and popular things like sports, museums, festivals, and celebrities -- including our politicians.
I remember my father (the architect) talking to me about the construction of Marina City when I was a kid (1959-1964 is when it was built), and how incredibly unique it was--and it still is. It's an iconic part of the Chicago River-scape...and you can see it as part of the same River Cruise as River City, not too far south.
Built in the same style, Prentice Women's Hospital (also psychiatric) is NOT old, as buildings go. Tearing it down would be an architectural shame. When new, it was a big deal for the city and for Northwestern. I remember its construction, too (my mother was
on an MD on NU staff and we discussed it as it went up -- one blog post, both parents
remembered!). Over the years, many of them quite recent, Northwestern has vastly rebuilt and enlarged the Chicago medical campus and, I truly think, over-homogenized its appearance.
Bertrand Goldberg, Chicagoan, who studied in 1932 at the Bauhaus, fled to Paris and then returned to Chicago to open his own practice in 1937 should be honored by finding a way to re-use this structure.
As a tour guide in Rome once said to our family: "The United States will never have as many historical landmarks as Europe because you keep tearing your buildings down and rebuilding".