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Film Locales

"We're purposefully featuring a variety of David Adler’s works from the most active part of his career 1912-1934,

the great house era." Kristin N. Smith, Executive Producer 

“He designed at least fifty houses, forty-three were built in a versatile range of styles that included Italian Renaissance villas, French chateaux, Georgian, American colonial and even one tremendous example of English half-timber… The great majority of Adler’s houses are on a baronial scale, originally with corresponding landscaped acreage..."2

David Adler. Image is from David Boyd, his sister's grandson, courtesy of Amy Williams, Executive Director, the David Adler Music and Arts Center.

3 of these properties are in private ownership (so we’ll capture rare footage of exteriors and interiors) and the Crane Estate in Massachusetts has kindly agreed to let us film when it is closed to the public. Recently, it has received original furnishings back from Crane descendants. We thank everyone in advance for their willingness to participate.

2  David Adler: The Architect and His Work, by Richard Pratt, 1970.

French 18th century

"Poole residence" 1912 in Lake Bluff, Illinois

Confirmed with author, architectural historian Susan Benjamin interview.  (a private residence)


english baroque 17th century

"Crane residence Castle Hill" 1925-28 in Ipswich, Massachusetts

Confirmed with author, curator Susan Hill Dolan interview.  (when closed to the public)


American early 19th century

"McCormick Blair residence" 1926 in Lake Bluff, Illinois

Confirmed with curator, manager Thomas Gleason interview.  (a private residence)


georgian 18th century

"Wheeler residence" 1934 in Lake Forest, Illinois

Confirmed with author, librarian Arthur Hawks Miller interview.  (a private residence)


Will you join us in highlighting the architectural opus of David Adler and support important historic preservation?  Kindly read on, as everything is lined up for filming! We welcome your financial contribution.

David Adler: The Architect and His Work, by Richard Pratt, 1970.