“My job is done” — Stanley Tigerman: 1930-2019

One of the elder statesmen of Chicago architecture has died.  Stanley Tigerman passed away Monday at the age of 88.

Stanley Tigerman (Courtesy of Tigerman McCurry Architects)
Stanley Tigerman (Courtesy of Tigerman McCurry Architects)

Born in Chicago, and educated at MIT and the Yale School of Architecture, his first job was for modernist architect George Keck, known for the House of Tomorrow, and his tenure at IIT.

Tigerman is best known for the Illinois Holocaust Museum in Skokie. But he also expressed a more playful side with the Anti-Cruelty Society’s outpost on LaSalle Street, which resembles a dog; the so-called “Hot Dog House” in far northwest suburban Harvard; and the parking garage at 52 East Lake Street, which is made to look like the front of a car, complete with grille and tires.

52 East Lake Street garage (File)
52 East Lake Street garage (File)

Mr. Tigerman was known as something of a rebel in architecture circles. And while he earned the respect of his peers over the years, he never lost his edge.

Just last year he appeared in an online video about the possible demolition of the Thompson Center.  He opened the piece by quipping, “I think it’s a piece of shit.”

However, Tigerman was as introspective as he was abrasive.  In 2015 he sent us this note:

“Some years back, when I first evinced support for the next generation of architects by exploiting the notion of ‘passing the baton,’ I never frankly dreamed just how visionary they would be in actuality. My job is done because it is clear that this group has coalesced into a vital force as a collective change agent.”

Author: Editor

Editor founded the Chicago Architecture Blog in 2003, after a long career in journalism. He can be reached at chicagoarchitectureinfo@gmail.com.

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