Leonard Parker, 90

Word reached us today that Leonard Parker has died at age 90 after a long illness.

Parker, an architect, designed several iconic buildings including the Humphrey Center, the Minneapolis Convention Center, an addition to the Minneapolis Institute of Art, and the Minnesota Judicial Center (an awesome combination of integrating the old with the new). He also worked on the Gateway Arch in St. Louis.

He could carry a tune, too, as this video from January showed:

The funeral will be held at Temple Israel at 12:30 on Wednesday.

  • I used to work in Leonard’s office as Marketing Principal. Leonard was a well known boy singer in his home state of Wisconsin who was featured on the radio. His radio “fame” got him a meeting with architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Leonard told Wright he wanted to be an architect, Wright suggested Leonard go to MIT. Leonard went to MIT, then went on to work in Saarinen’s office and the rest is history.

    Leonard often sang around the office. I will miss him dearly.