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Goettsch Partners

August 16, 2012

Mayor Rahm Emanuel
City of Chicago
Chicago City Hall, 5th Floor
121 N. LaSalle Street
Chicago, IL 60602

RE: Prentice Pavilion

Dear Mayor Emanuel,

In my opinion, landmark status should be given to only those buildings that characterize the best work of a period of time or the best work of an important individual architect. Bertrand Goldberg was an important architect, and several of his buildings were remarkable examples of the architecture of a particular period of time and should be protected and given landmark status. As is true with all architects, some of his buildings were better than others, and I think only those that were truly remarkable should be protected.

I do not think that the Prentice Pavilion represents the best work of Bertrand Goldberg nor do I think it is the best work of a particular period of time. Based on this reason, I do not believe that it is worthy of being given landmark status.


James Goettsch, FAIA