11/02/2012 04:39 pm ET

In An Historic Meeting, City Landmarks Commission Gives Prentice The Thumbs-Up -- Then Down

The former Prentice Women's Hospital, a structure that has been the subject of an intense and national preservation battle, was finally given--albeit briefly--city landmark status Thursday.

But the designation lasted just two hours and 21 minutes.

In one of the most unusual proceedings in Commission on Chicago Landmarks history, the nine-member panel voted to grant preliminary landmark status to the Bertrand Goldberg-designed building, then hours later voted 8-1 to rescind its own decision. The second vote in support of the city Department of Housing and Economic Development's argument that preserving Prentice would harm Northwestern University's ability to build a major biomedical research facility on the site.

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