One of the Chicago areas most noted architects is David Adler. Although he designed homes across the United States, the majority of his work was completed in the Chicago area for some of the wealthiest families. This home in Lake Forest, built in 1932, is one of his largest.
When Adler began his career in Chicago he worked briefly for Howard Van Doren Shaw but soon left VDS’s practice to open a practice with his friend Henry Dangler.
Adler’s designs express symmetry and elegance, borrowing from many architectural styles including Georgian, Colonial Revival, Italian Renaissance and Scandinavian.
In January I wrote a post about a book I had read called Empty Mansions which tells the story of heiress Huguette Clark and the fantastic homes she lived in before becoming a recluse and living the last 30 years of her life in a hospital. I ran across this clip about Bellosguardo, the beautiful estate she owned in Santa Barbara which she left to the city of Santa Barbara upon her death.
Have a great week!