The Passing of Walter A. Netsch Jr.


Some sad news from late yesterday. The architect Walter A. Netsch Jr. passed away over the weekend. You’ll likely recall his work if you’ve ever been to Chicago and have seen the University of Illinois‘ campus, on which many of his buildings stand. He also designed and built the U.S. Air Force Academy‘s chapel outside of Colorado Springs, Colorado. For us, personally, visiting there as a fairly young kid, it was the first time this writer was ever in awe of a building and probably the first experience he’d ever had in vaguely understanding what architecture was. But Netsch wasn’t just the architect behind this handful of buildings. He had a long and storied career and if you’re at all interested in Chicago architectural history (or maybe even if you aren’t), his lengthy obituary is well worth the read.