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"We're purposefully featuring a variety of David Adler’s works from the Great House Era, mid 1920s to the mid 1930s." 

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.

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

Three of these properties are in private ownership (thus, we captured rare footage of exteriors and interiors) and the Crane Estate in Massachusetts kindly agreed to let us film when it was closed to the public. We thank everyone for their willingness to participate.

english baroque 17th century

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

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


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American early 19th century

"McCormick Blair residence" 1926 in Lake Bluff, Illinois

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


French LATE 17th century

"Cudahy residence" 1930 in Lake Forest, Illinois

Interview with architect Adrian Smith and son, Jason Smith (a private residence).


georgian 18th century

"Wheeler residence" 1934 in Lake Forest, Illinois

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


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