• Save Prentice Coalition

Last month, Cook County Circuit Court judge Neil Cohen gave the National Trust for Historic Preservation 30 days to fix up its lawsuit against the City of Chicago and the Commission on Chicago Landmarks over their haste in giving preliminary landmark designation to the former Prentice Hospital and then taking it away, all in a single afternoon.

Which left Northwestern University, owner (but no lover) of the distinctive Bertrand Goldberg structure, free to blow it to smithereens.

The judge mused aloud that the preservationists could have charged violations of constitutionally guaranteed due process, but hadn’t. And since they hadn’t, he said, there was nothing he could do.

As in, “case dismissed.”

Unless they changed things.

So they did.