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"A variety of David Adler designs, from the 1920s to the mid 1930s in the Great House Era, is purposefully featured to convey his expert range." Kristin N. Smith, BA, AS, MBA

David Adler, Architect

“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..."

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

David Adler. Image is from David Boyd. It is copyrighted and provided for this program by courtesy of Amy Williams, Executive Director, the Adler Arts Center.


Rare exterior and interior footage of four David Adler designed homes was recorded. We are thankful to all the participants.

english baroque 17th century

"Castle Hill" 1925-28 in Ipswich, Massachusetts

Interview of Author, Curator Susan Hill Dolan.

Featured in Episode I. YOUTH. 


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American early 19th century

"Port o'Call" 1926 in Lake Bluff, Illinois

Interview of Collections Manager Thomas Gleason.

Featured in Episode II. TRAINING.


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French Norman 17th century

"Innisfail II" 1930 in Lake Forest, Illinois

Interview of renown Architect Adrian Smith and

son, Developer Jason Smith.

Featured in Episode III. CAREER.


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georgian 18th century

"Wheeler" 1934 in Lake Forest, Illinois

Interview of Author, Librarian Arthur H. Miller.

Featured in Episode IV. AN ERA ENDS.


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Pratt, Richard (1970). David Adler: The Architect and His Work. New York, New York: Art Institute of Chicago / M. Evans and Company, Inc.

Salny, Stephen (2001). The Country Houses of David Adler.  New York, New York: W. W. Norton and Company.

Thorne, Martha and Wilson, Richard Guy (2002). David Adler, Architect: The Elements of Style. New Haven, Connecticut: Art Institute of Chicago / Yale University Press.

Coventry, Kim and Meyer, Daniel and Miller, Arthur H. (2003). Classic Country Estates of Lake Forest, Architecture and Landscape Design 1856-1940.  New York, New York: W. W. Norton and Company.

Cohen, Stuart and Benjamin, Susan (2004). North Shore Chicago: Houses of the Lakefront Suburbs, 1890-1940. New York, New York: Acanthus Press.

Foreman, John (May 15, 2014). Outside Castle Hill, Big Old Houses.



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