David Adler Home in Lake Forest for Sale

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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.

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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.

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Take a Look at This Beautiful Victorian Era Home in Chicago’s Hyde Park

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This brick home in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago was built in 1884 for William and Anna W. Waterman.  The architect was Henry Fletcher Starbuck.  Starbuck lived and worked across the United States; he was born in Nantucket and began his career in Boston, moving later to Chicago, Milwaukee and eventually California.

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The Waterman home features beautiful original woodwork and gorgeous stained glass, all common during the Victorian era.  It is wonderful to see everything so well preserved.

Although Starbuck designed many homes, he earned a reputation as a specialist in church architecture.  In addition to the Waterman home he designed the Quinn AME Chapel at Wabash and 24th Street in Chicago which is the oldest church for African American congregations in the city of Chicago.

If part of your spring cleaning detail involves painting your interior, I found a great article at Apartment Therapy that describes everything to consider when selecting color and includes some great photos to help further enlighten.

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Then read this to see how designer Susan Diana Harris in San Francisco used color in a Victorian home to link the small spaces together.  She chose a pretty bold color pallet.

I just finished my third book by British author Sophie Hannah.  So far I have read Little Face, The Truth Teller’s Lie and The Wrong Mother.  Have you ever read her work?  I have really enjoyed her crime stories.  As I read the books, the detectives’ personalities are unfolding and I am enjoying getting to know them all.  I think the cases that Ms. Hannah has created are unique and try as I might to solve these mysteries she manages to stay one step ahead of me so that I am always surprised by the time I get to the end.  They are very quick reads and I look forward to reading the next one.

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Beautiful Mansions From the Past

Above is an aerial view of Bellasguardo, the Clark estate in Santa Barbara.

I am reading a book called Empty Mansions which describes the unusual life of copper heiress Huguette Clark and the fantastical homes she owned but didn’t live in.  I remember hearing a bit about Huguette and her estate when she died about 5 years ago at the age of 104.  She had lived for the last 20 years of her life in a hospital, tho not for health reasons.  The homes she owned and had maintained were palatial in size and included paintings by Degas, Rembrandt and others.  They held numerous valuable musical instruments including pianos by Steinway and strings by Stradivarius.  One home, in Santa Barbara, named Bellosguardo will be maintained by a foundation formed to foster and promote the arts.  The “family home” at 962 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan was torn down shortly after the death of Huguette’s father with a co-op being built on the site.  The book is written by Pulitzer Prize author Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell, Jr., a relative of Mrs. Clark.  I am finding it really interesting and I thought I’d share a couple of photos from these homes.  I also want to mention that some of the articles I have linked to have information that conflicts with the book I am reading.

<b>BELLOSGUARDO THEN:</b> This family photo, taken in the 1940s, shows the interior of the library, including a portrait of Huguette’s sister Andrée over the fireplace. The furniture has been covered, but otherwise the rooms in the mansion remain as they were 60 years ago.

Above is a photo of the Library at Bellosguardo taken in 1940.

Above is the Fifth Avenue home which was demolished in the 20’s.