The Legacy of Stanley Tigerman and a New West Loop Condo Building!

The world of Chicago Architecture took a hit with the passing of Stanley Tigerman of June 3, 2019.  Tigerman’s career began after graduating from Yale in 1961, then he left Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill in 1964 and formed his own practice, which became Tigerman McCurry when he brought on his wife, Margaret McCurry, as a partner.  Tigerman McCurry was responsible for 175 built projects, a world class design legacy.

Tigerman’s work bridged across the starkly geometric forms of “Modernism”, first pioneered by Mies van der Rohe, and the more personal “Postmodern” motifs that we see today.  Just as an example, Tigerman designed the Boardwalk Apartments shown on the left fairly early in his career, while his more whimsical parking garage, dressed up to look like a Rolls Royce, was built in 1986.

He was a maverick, being one of the founders of the Chicago Seven, a rebellious group of architects that loved the work of van der Rohe but felt that too many of their fellow designers were just copying van der Rohe, and doing it badly!  In the photo, Tigerman (on the left) and another Chicago Seven architect, Thomas Beeby (on the right), came up with personal and unusual takes on designing a traditional townhome.

My friend Jocelyn Stoller and 6 other charitable women, nicknamed “The Magnificent Seven”, were honored at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago on June 7 at their annual Gala.  The Gala is titled “The Mirror Ball”, and as you can see Jocelyn is in good company, the list in the program booklet shows some of the most prominent women in Chicago.

Here’s an example of the beautiful table settings at the event, and as a nice treat there were many of the kids who are served by the BGCC attending the event and having fun.  The Co-Chairs for the Mirror Ball, Nancy Santi and Barb Spear, along with the Woman’s Board President, Charlene Olson, are with the kids in the photo on the right!

Exciting news in the West Loop.  There is a 7 story Condo building going up at 1400 W. Monroe, being developed by a well respected firm named JK Equities who I have known for over 20 years, thoughtfully designed by Booth Hansen.  JK Equities is also part of the team developing the Helmut Jahn building on Michigan Avenue called 1000M.  Coldwell Banker and ON Collaborative are marketing this exciting development, and I am functioning as the 'Ambassador' for the development.  I have been honored to be included in many meetings for this beautiful building, shown above.  Here is a link for those who want to learn more.  1400 Monroe Website  It's great to see a building buck the recent trend towards rental buildings, this special West Loop development is ideal for those with a desire to own their own place!  Feel free to contact me about this project or any Real Estate questions you may have at melindajakovichlagrange@gmail.com or call me at (312) 953-3425.

Well we are finally having some decent weather, have a Great Summer!

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