David adler lake forest

David adler lake forest DEFAULT

Price: $2.495 million

If I were forced to pick a favorite from architect David Adler’s vast and decadent portfolio of country homes, it would probably be his red tile roof Italianate at Mayflower and Walden Roads in Lake Forest. This double-pronged Old World revival shatters the mold with its five-story observation tower. Medieval—and fairly terrifying—in appearance, the tower makes a lot of sense at this location. The nearly one-acre property is a half-mile from Lake Michigan and the tower inches over trees and neighboring mansions to bring the water into play.


The 1928 house has five bedrooms and five-and-half bathrooms and cobbles together 6,700 square feet of living space. The funny thing is, this wasn’t even the main house in the original scheme for Chicago banker Albert Hamill—it was a complex of garages, servants’ quarters, a “dog trot”, and a greenhouse/work shed. The main house, on Illinois Road, was built earlier by Howard Van Doren Shaw with Adler assisting. The tower was meant as Hamill’s plaything, with a top floor observatory (now a bedroom suite) and the Byzantine Room for the man of the house. But a section of the tower also slept the chauffeur.

“Byzantine” enters the equation via a wraparound mural with dramatic fiery scenes of antiquity. It is original to the space with hairline cracks to show for it. Sellers Eva and Craig Quackenbush elected to let a gradual degradation set in rather than apply a finicky restoration that would inevitably ring false. Compounding such aged opulence are iron lanterns, dark polished tile floors, and a concrete fireplace.

The Quackenbushes’ son lived in the tower’s top observatory level when they purchased the house in 1985. Prior to that, the efficiency had been rented to students of nearby Lake Forest College. Today, as a guest room that’s part of a restored, carpeted tower, there’s central air conditioning and easy access to the roof deck. In summer, the panorama is green with a fleck of blue. In winter, there are clear views of downtown Chicago 30 miles south.

“Hamill was a big fan of Italy,” says co-listing agent Ned Skae of Coldwell Banker. “And in Italy the guy with the tallest tower had the most money.”

Over the course of 29 years, countless improvements and alterations have been made by the owners. Two of the biggies were expansions to living space. In one case, a concrete wall was knocked down between former servants quarters to allow for a library, a secondary bedroom, and the second floor master suite. This also created a contiguous passageway from the tower through the north-south wing on both levels.

The other major expansion came two years ago, with the conversion of a dilapidated greenhouse/work shed to a huge family room with pool table and fireplace. “It was a tough call whether to tear it down or build it up,” says Craig. “The windows and doors are all original and fully restored, and there are no more raccoons floating in the flooded cellar.” It’s a wine cellar now.

Other significant improvements include consolidating three kitchens, one on the second floor, into one delightful, refinished space. The Quackenbushes made two arched cuts into full doorways and tacked on an eat-in conservatory. And, while Adlerian sensibilities always conjure the grand European home with a twist, the sellers’ furnishings are, in many cases, actual European and Middle Eastern artifacts. The living and dining rooms host a 300-year-old sofa, two 400-year-old tables, and a 17th Century carved wood Afghani doorway.

For sleeping, any of the five bedrooms will do. They’re all large and most come with an en suite bathroom. The master is distinguished by the size of its bath and by an attached study/sewing room. The graciousness of the house’s other 13 rooms is plain as day.

The Quackenbushes have kept a home in Paris since 1995 and are moving there permanently. “Thirty years is a long time to be anywhere.”

Price Points: The property is back on the market for $2.495 million after listing for 16 months in 2010-2011. The pricing represents an attempt to bounce partway back from price cuts that saw the ask drop from $2.8 million to $2.295 million. Unique, high-priced homes often take a while to sell, even in an environment like Lake Forest where, at last count, there were 79 listings priced above $2 million.

Sours: https://www.chicagomag.com/real-estate/August-2014/David-Adlers-One-and-Only-Italianate-Tower-is-For-Sale-in-Lake-Forest/

1933 David Adler Designed Residence Pending Sale in Lake Forest

612 E Woodland Road, Lake Forest, Illinois, United States, 60045

Set on a 2.99 acre property in Lake Forest, Illinois, this striking David Adler designed residence is pending sale after dropping to $4.3 million in September. Designed by architect David Adler and built in 1933, the 7,800 square foot residence was recently transformed by Megan Winters. Enjoy a fabulous updated kitchen opening to the family room and breakfast area with views of the grounds, amazing architectural detail throughout all 4 levels and a gracious floor plan with 15 rooms, 6 bedrooms, 6 beautifully-updated full baths, 4 updated half baths, high ceilings, recently refinished hardwood and stone floors, intricate millwork and 9 fireplaces.A perfect blend of luxury, warmth, elegance, and comfort for today’s living, the home includes a media & recreation room, billiards room and exercise room. Fabulous formal gardens, bluestone terraces, greenhouse, fire-pit, fountains, and sports area. Enjoy the refinement of Adler’s design with the modern technology and conveniences of today. The property is currently pending sale and on the market for $4.3 million with Ann Lyon of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Chicago.

Sours: https://www.priceypads.com/1933-david-adler-designed-residence-pending-sale-in-lake-forest-photos/
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David Adler, the favored architect of the North Shore’s 20th-century elite, possessed an enviable ability to interpret the great residential styles of the past. Adler offered his well-heeled clients modern versions of timbered Tudors, French manor houses, and American colonial homesteads. One of his most striking projects (originally designed by his colleague Henry Corwith Dangler in 1912) was for Northern Trust Bank cofounder and bibliophile Alfred E. Hamill. In the 1920s, Adler tweaked Dangler’s Italianate villa on Mayflower Road in Lake Forest, adding a swooping roofline and a library with bookcases set beneath oeil-de-boeuf windows. But it’s the 75-foot Tuscan tower Adler erected that really takes the cake.

Byzantine Room

Rising above a staff and garage wing, the structure includes a guest bedroom, a children’s play space, and, most important, a stunning sanctum where Hamill — a sometime poet — retired to channel his muse. Known as the Byzantine Room, the 17-foot-high vaulted chamber is graced with classically inspired frescoes (featuring quotes from Ptolemy and renditions of Zeus and Aphrodite) created by Russian-born artist and set designer Nicolai Remisoff.

Family room

Currently listed at $2.05 million, the 6,404-square-foot residence boaststs five bedrooms (all en suite) and amply scaled living and dining rooms. While maintaining the exterior integrity of the house, the home’s current owners, who moved in in 1985, made significant but sympathetic changes to the interiors, relocating and expanding the kitchen, turning the estate’s former gardening room into a 14-by-54-foot family room, and converting a boiler room into a wine cellar. While the grounds are not extensive, the home overlooks Walden Ravine, giving it a great sense of privacy. And from the tower’s rooftop, you can survey Lake Michigan by day and the lights of Chicago by night.

Sours: https://www.chicagomag.com/chicago-magazine/october-2021/a-towering-david-adler-hits-the-market/
David Adler's house on Sussex ln in Lake Forest

               An Afternoon in Adler’s House


David Adler’s beloved former farmhouse as it has evolved.





By Megan McKinney


If you own and treasure Stephen M. Salny’s marvelous book, The Country Houses of David Adleror even if you don’t have the book, but would like to know more about our great residential architectyour golden opportunity has arrived.

On Sunday, October 14, from 4 to 6 p.m., the David Adler Music & Arts Center in Libertyville is hosting a program, David Adler—A Retrospective, with none other than author Stephen M. Salny as special guest speaker. He “will lecture and present Adler’s illustrious career, citing many examples of his eclectic oeuvre that made him the architect of choice for the Midwestern aristocracy and beyond.”

What a splendid way to spend an autumn afternoon!



First, there is the property itself, because the Adler Center was once David Adler’s own beloved home.

The architect moved into the 1864 farmhouse a century ago and lived in it for the rest of his life, which ended in September 1949. During those 30 years, he engaged in almost perpetual tweaking of the house, ranging from minor updating to major renovation and redesign, chiefly in 1926, 1934, and 1941.

Close Adler friend and client William McCormick Blair was instrumental in raising $250,000 to renovate the property to become the Music & Arts Center it is today; he then provided an endowment for the Center in his will.

 We will be examining Blair’s David Adler-designed Lake Bluff estate, Port of Call, later this fall in the continuation of our Classic Chicago Dynasties series, The Blairs.


David Adler’s Lake Bluff Port of Call, designed for the William McCormick Blairs.

Although Stephen Salny lives in Baltimore, he has a decided affinity for the Chicago North Shore, stretching back to the mid-1970’s when he was a student at Lake Forest College. It was during those years that, while walking and driving around the area, he developed a passion for the architecture of David Adler without knowing it.

“I fell in love with a dozen homes,” he told the Daily North Shore last year. “I didn’t know who designed them. They all had a different style.”

When he did learn—through a book he discovered in the Lake Forest College library during his senior yearit was a life changing moment. In a lightning flash, he realized the random great houses he so admired were all designed by David Adler! “Oh my gosh,” he said, “it was like looking at children you didn’t know you had.”  


David Adler expert Stephen Salny.


Salny’s The Country Houses of David Adler, published by W.W. Norton & Company, Inc. in 2001, displays a foreward by the distinguished Lake Forest College art professor emeritus and widely published author Franz Schulze.

The book can still be found and is well worth a short search. In the first section of the exceptionally readable volume, one learns a great deal about Adler the man. His was not a Horatio Alger story; son of the wealthy owner of a Milwaukee wholesale clothing business, life went relatively smoothly during school years at Lawrenceville and Princeton, from which he graduated in 1904—although he suffered a few bumps along the way. Next there was Polytechnikum in Munich, followed by a major bump: denial of entrance to the École  des Beaux-Arts in Paris. However, this was not unusual; Adler’s concentrated study for the formidable exam the second time around was rewarded with acceptance in January 1908.


The young David Adler.

The book is divided into four parts:

Part I—The Dangler Years 1911—1917 deals with the period during which Adler and his closest friend from the École,  Henry Dangler, practiced for two years in the office of Howard Van Doren Shaw, before forming their own firm. Dangler died touchingly early in 1917.


Ralph H. Poole house: Detail of the entrance façade. This was Adler & Dangler’s first major commission after leaving Shaw’s office.


Part II—Adler Expands 1917—1929. This period brought expansion in several ways, including geography and size—Castle Hill, his 1926-28 estate for Richard H. Crane Jr., near Ipswitch, Massachusetts, contained 59 rooms.


According to Stephen Salny, the Castle Hill library’s “antique paneling, with its carving by Grinling Gibbons . . . had decked the great library at Cassiobury Park, a historic house in Hertfordshire” England. Salny also tells us that Marshall Field III referred the Cranes to this source.


Part III—Adler’s Eclectic Classicism 1929—1935. When we think of David Adler, immediately a vision of the Kersey Coates Reed house appears in mind. Spectacular! Asking price for this glorious house at water’s edge in Lake Forest was once $26 million!


The archetypical David Adler interior space, the Kersey Coates Reed Entrance Hall, was created in collaboration with Adler’s interior designer sister, Frances Elkins.

Part IV—Adler’s Last Commissions 1935—1949.  These less productive years coincided with a portion of the Great Depression and World War II; the span ended with Adler’s September 1949 death


The Stanley Field house in Sarasota, Florida was actually from 1924. Adler designed it as a vacation house for the nephew of the first Marshall Field; today it is home to the much admired Field Club.



Stephen Salny’s companion book to The Country Houses of David Adler is Frances Elkins Interior Design, a superb study of the work of David Adler’s sister, with whom he frequently collaborated.

The Elkins book, published in 2005, can also still be found and is well worth a search. All in all, October 14 promises to be a delightful afternoon.


Selected Photography: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.

The Country Houses of David Adler.

Author Photo:

Robert F. Carl










This entry was posted in Residential Design on by Kay Whitfield. Sours: https://www.classicchicagomagazine.com/david-adler-alert/

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The best David Adler houses on the market right now

Completed in 1913, this Lake Forest mansion spans nearly 14,000 square feet. The house has influences from both French and Italian design and, while the interiors have received some updates, many original details remain, most notably the house’s floorplan.

The first floor has just five main rooms, including the kitchen. The rooms are arranged off an incredibly generous gallery hallway, and, as you can imagine, each room is quite large: The living room alone is over 40 feet long.

Also built around 1913, this 7-bedroom home exemplifies Adler’s knack for designing gracious, streamlined residences.

The facade is minimally ornamented, with just a single band of molding following the roofline and surrounding the door. The interiors follow suit, and feature simple archways, delicate neoclassical wall moldings, and restrained crown moldings.

At a whopping 29,000 square feet, this Lake Bluff home is the largest—and most expensive—Adler home on the market.

The 1931-built home takes cues from Georgian architecture, and features a multi-part entrance with a circular rotunda (pictured) and large hall that terminates in a sweeping staircase.

We have a little confession to make: This house wasn’t originally built by Adler. It was the work of prolific architect Harrie T. Lindeberg, but it was remodeled in 1928 by Adler.

While the house has been modernized since the ’20s (read: There’s a new kitchen), the house retains many details that show the mark of Adler, like the refined moldings in the living room, paired down examples of Georgian design.

Directly on Lake Michigan, this 7,600-square-foot house features a stone entryway, bent-wood staircase, and enough fireplaces to keep you warm throughout bitterly cold winters.

The sunroom (pictured) is especially impressive, with walls that practically dissolve into full-height windows and French doors, which lead out to 200 feet of sandy beach.

Sours: https://archive.curbed.com/maps/david-adler-house-for-sale-chicago
A beautifully restored David Adler gatehouse in Lake Forest

David Adler Estate

United States historic place

The David Adler Estate was the house and property of American architect David Adler in Libertyville, Illinois, United States. It is the house most closely associated with his life and career.

The house is now operated as the David Adler Music and Arts Center.


David Adler was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1882 to wealthy clothier Isaac David Adler and Therese Hyman Adler. After graduating from Princeton University in 1904, he studied in Europe at Technische Universität München and École des Beaux-Arts. After completing his schooling in 1911, he moved to Chicago, Illinois to study under prominent country house architect Howard Van Doren Shaw. After six months, Adler opened his own architectural firm in partnership with Henry Dangler in Orchestra Hall.[2]

When David Adler married Katherine Keith in 1916, he decided that they should have a new house. The pair had been living in an apartment in Chicago near Adler's main offices. Over the next two years, Adler remodeled an 1864 farmhouse in Libertyville, and the couple moved in in 1918. Libertyville was close to Lake Bluff and Lake Forest, the location of many of his commissions.[2]

Although famed for his stately country houses, Adler decided to live in a more humble setting. However, the architectural themes that dominated Adler's country houses were present in the farmhouse remodel. The reformed farmhouse was an eclectic mix of styles, predominately Colonial Revival. Adler enclosed the southwest corner porch and connected to an addition that would become the living room. He added a room to the north that would be used as a dressing room and bath for his wife. Adler also extended the dining room in this direction with a projecting bay. He added a Neoclassical dining porch on the east which opened into the living room. At the same time as the initial remodel, Adler added a one-story servants' cottage. Adler also planned the landscape, designing a formal garden to the rear of the property.[2]

Adler constantly experimented with his estate. Over the next thirty years, Adler made over 1300 sketches, documents, and drawings related to the property's design. In 1926, Adler added a five-bay garage with a dogtrot style opening. It serviced a new entrance road that was built to the south which then turned to the west to connect to Milwaukee Avenue. It is topped with a Georgiancupola. In 1934, Adler added a 1+1⁄2-story extension on the southeast, connecting the servants' quarters to a barn. He expanded the second story of the barn at this time to add more bedrooms and built open porches on the south side of the addition and barn.[2]

The most extensive remodeling after 1918 came in 1941. Adler added a 1+1⁄2-story wing to the farmhouse connecting it to the servants' cottage and elevated the roof of the cottage. This created new rooms for a large sitting room and a new dining room. He also remodeled the bedrooms of the servants' cottage into a pantry and kitchen at this time.[2]

Donation and restoration[edit]

David Adler died of a heart attack in his sleep in September 1949. The estate was passed to his sister, noted interior designer Frances Elkins. Elkins lived in Monterey, California and had little interest in maintaining a second property. Elkins decided to donated the property to the Village of Libertyville on the condition that it be used as a cultural and recreational center. The village was concerned about maintenance costs and initially would not accept the property. A non-profit organization called the David Adler Memorial Park Association formed in 1951 to rehabilitate the property. By 1956, when Elkins died, the organization had done so well to improve the property's value that the village purchased the house. The building was vacant until 1958, when the Libertyville Arts Center was given the building. The property was again renovated in 1971 by the Libertyville Junior Women's Club and in 1980 by the newly formed David Adler Cultural Center. Former Adler client William McCormick Blair helped to raise $250,000 for renovations and then provided an endowment for the property in his will. The David Adler Cultural Center continues to operate the property today.[2] On November 22, 1999, the estate was recognized by the National Park Service with a listing on the National Register of Historic Places.[1]


The David Adler Estate is in Libertyville, Illinois, roughly 35 miles (56 km) north of Chicago. The western facade faces Milwaukee Avenue (Illinois Route 21), a major north-south thoroughfare in the northern suburbs. The estate is just south of Buckley Road (Illinois Route 137). The estate is approximately 6 miles (9.7 km) west from Lake Bluff and Lake Forest. The original property purchase was for 17.67 acres (7.15 ha), which backed up to the Des Plaines River on the east. The house is near the Mrs. Isaac D. Adler House, which was designed by Adler for his mother in 1934.[2]

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Sours: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Adler_Estate

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