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Experts

Below are the esteemed, David Adler experts who’ve agreed to be interviewees on camera. (in alphabetical order)

Curator Susan Hill Dolan in the cupola of Castle Hill, the Crane Estate in Ipswich Massachusetts, designed by David Adler 1925-28.

Image courtesy of SHD.

Susan Benjamin

“Architectural Historian Susan Benjamin, who studied under William Jordy, received her BA in Art history from Brown University and an MA from the University of Minnesota. She is head of Benjamin Historic Certifications, a firm specializing in historic preservation. In that capacity, she regularly writes National Register nominations and has documented six David Adler-designed houses including his own home for the Register. She is the co-author with architect Stuart Cohen of: Great Houses of Chicago 1871-1921 and North Shore Chicago: Houses of the Lakefront Suburbs, 1890-1940 (Acanthus Press, 2008, 2004). in addition to contributing essays to David Adler, Elements of Style (The Art Institute of Chicago and Yale University Press, 2002), she wrote an essay on the Isabelle and William E. Clow, Jr. House for  Art Deco Chicago: Designing Modern America (Chicago Art Deco Society, Chicago History Museum, Yale University Press, 2018). Susan is currently co-authoring, with Michelangelo Sabatino, Modern in the Middle: Chicago Houses, 1929-1975 (Monacelli Press, 2019)."

Susan hill dolan

Susan serves as the Northeast Regional Historic Resources Manager for The Trustees of Reservations, overseeing the collections, conservation, and exhibitions at six historic house properties, including the Great House at Castle Hill (a National Historic Landmark in Ipswich, Massachusetts) the 1928 David Adler-designed mansion that served as the summer home to the Crane family (owners of Crane Co. of Chicago). Susan also is in charge of the interior restoration of Castle Hill.  She received her B.A. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and her graduate diploma from the Royal Society of Art in London. Susan is a contributor to the “David Adler, Architect: The Elements of Style” book for the major exhibition on the work of Adler, held at The Art Institute of Chicago from December 2002 to May 2003. 

Thomas gleason

Thomas, since 2004, has worked closely with Mr. and Mrs. John Bryan as the curator and manager of their unique David Adler-designed residence and Crab Tree Farm. They passionately worked to preserve this historic property. The Bryans have been major business, civic and philanthropic leaders in Chicagoland for several decades. (Sadly, Mr. Bryan passed away recently, but he expressed his willingness to participate in this documentary.) Thomas is well versed in Adler’s architecture here, orginally created for Mr. and Mrs. William McCormick Blair (another distinguised Chicago family) in 1928.

arthur hawks miller

Arthur is an emeritus archivist and librarian for Special Collections at Lake Forest College. He received his Ph.D. in English from Northwestern University and his master’s degrees in English and Librarianship from the University of Chicago. He is co-author of “30 Miles North: A History of Lake Forest College, Its town, and Its City of Chicago,” and of “Lake Forest: Estates, People and Culture.” Arthur is a contributor to the “David Adler, Architect: The Elements of Style” book for the major exhibition on the work of Adler, held at The Art Institute of Chicago from December 2002 to May 2003.

“One of the most influential men of his generation in Chicago.” 3

David Adler. Image is courtesy of Amy Williams, Executive Director, the David Adler Music and Arts Center.

3  Chicago Tribune 1949, David Adler Architect, Elements of Style by Richard Guy Wilson, Art Institute of Chicago, 2002.