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Walter Netsch Jr. Dead at 88

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Chicago architect Walter Netsch Jr. died of pneumonia this Sunday. Netsch is best known as the architect of the renowned University of Illinois Chicago campus. He also designed the Cadet chapel at the Air Force Academy in Colorado. Netsch was 88 years old.

Walter Netsch Jr. is best known as the architect of the renowned University of Illinois Chicago campus. He also designed the Cadet Chapel at the Air Force Academy in Colorado. Fellow Chicago Architect Stanley Tigerman worked with him on that project. He says that Netsch was a unique addition to the Chicago panoply of architects.

TIGERMAN: His work was often though of as idiosyncratic, eccentric. His work was eccentric and not subject easily towards replication. He was his own man. He was difficult. But he was without question committed to architecture.

Netsch designed the Inland Steel Building. It was completed in 1958 it is now an official Chicago landmark. Architect Walter Netsch Jr. died at the age of 88.

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