Selected Links to Resources on Walter Netsch

Walter Netsch, Architect, Dies at 88

Published in the New York Times on June 17, 2008, this obituary gives an overview of Mr. Netsch's life and career, describes major buildings, and discusses his architectural legacy.

He Pushed Limits of Architecture

Written by Chicago Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin and published June 16, 2008, this obituary primarily discusses Mr. Netsch's life and work in Chicago, and it includes a slide show of photographs.

Designer of the Air Force Academy's Cadet Chapel dies

Published in the Colorado Springs Gazette on June 17, 2008, this obituary focuses on the Cadet Chapel, including quotes from Duane Boyle and Dawn Clark Netsch.

Memorial Service, July 7, 2008

This program was distributed at the public memorial service at the Arts Club of Chicago. It includes a brief biography, the order of the memorial service, and photographs of Mr. Netsch and the interior of the USAFA Cadet Chapel. Duane Boyle's remarks at the service are reproduced here with his kind permission.

Chicago Architects Oral History Project

Compiled by archivists at the Ryerson & Burnham Libraries of the Art Institute of Chicago, this site contains general information on Mr. Netsch's career along with the 474-page transcript of his interview with Betty Blum for the Oral History Project. The transcript is available in PDF format.

Northwestern University Archives

The Northwestern University Archives site features photographs and descriptions of selected campus buildings, including those designed by Walter Netsch: Rebecca Crown Center, Seeley G. Mudd Library of Science and Engineering, and Northwestern University Library. The site also provides a link to an essay on the history of the Northwestern University Libraries.

Virtual Tour of the Historic Netsch Campus at UIC

This eighteen-stop virtual walking tour gives an overview of Mr. Netsch's designs for the University of Illinois at Chicago campus, created between 1963 and 1968. A campus map has stops marked for a self-guided tour. A video tribute to Mr. Netsch is linked from the site.

What Architecture Is and Is Not

This statement was given by Walter Netsch at the convocation for Grinnell College in 1959.

Lindheimer: Observatory Emeritus

This site is dedicated to the former observatory, which occupied a prominent position on Northwestern University's lakefill park from 1966-1995. The site has some good pictures and the program from the dedication ceremony.

Save the Arts at Wells

Sponsored by the non-profit, conservationist group DOCOMOMO, this site documents the protest surrounding Wells College's proposed demolition of their now-historic Louis Jefferson Long Library, Barler Hall of Music and Henrietta Campbell Art Studio, all designed by Mr. Netsch.

Some Fields Are in the City

The text of a slide lecture given to the Chicago Literary Club by William G. Jones of the University of Illinois at Chicago is reprinted here.

Central Library, Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan

This page features photos of the library at Sophia University, for which Mr. Netsch did original concept drawings. The building was completed, with many modifications to the original design, in 1979.

Last updated July 9, 2008

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