Noted Architect Designed the Red Building on Chicagos Skyline.
Radmilo A. Markovich established himself as a leading European architect, emigrated to Chicago in 1959, and ultimately designed the iconic CNA Center and several other important local buildings and buildings throughout the United States. When noted columnist Robert J. Herguth asked Mr. Markovich to explain his choice of the red color for the CNA building, he remarked to that – We thought the Loop could use some perking up.
Mr. Markovich, was born in Belgrade, Serbia, the son of a banker and a dentist. Although it was tradition at that time for the youngest son in the family to join the army in Yugoslavia, the second world war and the new communist government changed that for most families. Given Mr. Markovich interest in science and art, he ultimately pursued a career in architecture. Mr. Markovich, graduated University of Belgrade, with a degree in architecture, and joined Energoprojekt, a large European architectural firm. His diverse array of architectural projects included the first post-war skyscraper in Belgrade, power plants and factories, and a new design for the Belgrade zoo. His designs won him numerous international design awards including in countries as far away as Africa and Lebanon.
In 1957, he was invited to come to the United Sates by Alfred Shaw, a principal of the noted Chicago architectural firm Shaw, Metz & Dolia. The two met at an international architecture convention in Dubrovnik.
Mr. Markovich ultimately came to the United States in 1959 on a temporary basis. Later, then Senator Everett McKinley Dirksen and Representative Harold R. Collier sponsored a federal bill to allow Mr. Markovich to become a US citizen.
Mr. Markovich went on to worked for another large architectural firm, Graham Anderson Probst & White where he designed numerous buildings including the CNA Center and properties throughout the US and internationally. CNA later invited him to become their chief corporate architect. He remained with CNA for over 25 years, overseeing the development of CNA properties through the US.
Mr. Markovich, 78, is survived by his wife, Mirjana, a son, Marko, a daughter, Marina, and five grandchildren.
Although Mr. Markovich lived for his family, he also loved Disney. When he was a young man living in Europe, he once wrote a letter to Walt Disney expressing his delight with everything Disney. Walt Disney responded with a personal note to Mr. Markovich and some sketches, touching off a live long fascination with everything Disney.
Services will be held on Monday, August 20, 2007 at 10 a.m. at Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Cathedral, 5701 North Redwood Drive, Chicago, with internment at Memorial Park Cemetery, 9900 Gross Point Road in Skokie.
This death notice will always remain on the Internet as the everlasting remembrance of Radmilo Markovich.
For detailed information please contact: SVETA GORA FUNERAL HOME, Chicago, tel 773-588-2200.
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