Happy Birthday, Bertrand Goldberg!

July 18, 2013 by Chris Morris

You may not know it, but July 17th marked a major milestone in Chicago architectural history. Yesterday would have been the 100th birthday of Chicago architect Bertrand Goldberg, architectural innovator and brainchild behind Prentice Women's Hospital. Born in 1913, Bertrand (or "Bud" as he was known to his friends and colleagues) studied at the Bauhaus and worked briefly with Mies van der Rohe before striking out on his own to create some of the most striking and well-known concrete forms to grace the Windy City: Marina City (aka "the Corncobs), Hillard Homes, Astor Tower, and River City. Goldberg passed away in 1997 but his legacy lives on in dozens of innovative projects of all shapes, sizes and types that pushed the boundaries of urban planning, engineering, technology and new construction materials. And for that I'd like to say, "Happy 100th Birthday, Bertrand! You genius made our cities cool and interesting and wonderous places. You are sorely missed."

The Chicago media also took note of Goldberg's centenary, as did Chicago White Sox right fielder Alex Rios, who tweeted "why would they want to take this building down when Chicago is know[n] for its great architecture." Good question, Alex...good question.

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