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Stanley Tigerman’s Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie, Illinois


Due to open in April 19, 2009. The top view is taken from the Edens Expressway, I-94, which is how most people will first see the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center.

When you visit you’ll park in an adjacent lot (many school groups are expected), get out of your car, and be greeted by

It does seem to eat you up a bit.

Now walk around the side of the building. Their website tells us,

“Visitors enter on the dark side, where dark walls and sharp angles represent ‘the descent into darkness.’ The permanent exhibition begins in the dark side.

The “hinge” of the building is an awe-inspiring Book of Remembrance, and is the memorial to those who perished in the Holocaust. The “cleave” formed by the hinge between dark and light, houses an authentic early 20th century German rail car that serves as the museum’s anchor artifact.”

The third part of the building “ascends into the light.” The soft rounded edges and rooflines filled with natural light emphasize exhibits that represent the rescue and renewal of survivors of the Holocaust.”

The 65,000-square-foot facility will be anchored by a permanent exhibition to tell the story of the Holocaust. It also will house a “Hall of Reflection,” a 300-seat theater and a library.

Do you remember the Chicago northern suburb of Skokie? After World War Two it held one of the largest concentration of Holocaust survivors in the world. (For years Skokie had signs saying, “World’s Largest Village.” Michael Feldman of Public Radio’s “WhadYa Know?” called it “World’s Largest Shtetl.” In 1977 and 1978, a small group of Illinois Nazis attempted to march there. The issue went to court, ultimately the fools marched in Chicago.

Today the Holocaust survivors in Skokie are fewer in number, although many of their descendants still live in and around the far more multi-cultural village today.

Here’s another view of Stanley Tigerman‘s building, seen next to David Hovey / Optima’s large condo complex. They both abut a large Cook County Forest Preserve. You see the two parts of Stanley Tigerman’s building.
The dark and the light. I look forward to its opening this April.

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(See the two posts below.)

Does it look like “Ville Radieuse” because I see from the Edens expressway at 55 mph?

Is it designed, as so many buildings are, to make an impression from a speeding car?

With gas prices going up, and society beginning to drive less, how will post-war, big bold buildings, made-to-speed-by and glance at, how will they look, when we walk past them?

I suppose some people don’t like old crafted buildings because it takes too long to absorb their message.

What other art forms suffer from our sped up way of life?

Many people can’t appreciate a symphony because “nothing happens” or “it takes too long for something to happen.”

We’re going fast. Good art sometimes goes slow.

Slow down. Give it a try. Sometimes what doesn’t have only a first, fast impression, can penetrate deeply.

Other times, eg with a cathedral, it can make a quick impression when you first see it, and then only get deeper.

I long for urban experiences like that.