Adler, Dankmar, 1844-1900

Alternative names
Dates:
Birth 1844-07-03
Death 1900-04-16
Americans
English, German

Biographical notes:

Architect; Chicago, Illinois. Period of greatest recognition during Adler & Sullivan partnership.

From the description of Dankmar Adler papers, 1865-1900. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 86093777

Dankmar Adler (1844-1900) was born in Stadtlengsfeld, Germany. He emigrated to the United States in 1854 and moved to Chicago. Adler was a noted engineer and architect. He worked with Louis Sullivan and trained Frank Lloyd Wright. He died in Chicago (Ill.).

From the description of Dankmar Adler papers, 1902, undated. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 710469226

Dankmar Adler was a Chicago architect.

From the description of Dankmar Adler papers, 1844-1941. (Art Institute of Chicago). WorldCat record id: 79776561

Dankmar Adler (1844-1900) was born in Stadtlengsfeld, Germany. He emigrated to the United States in 1854 and became a noted architect and engineer. He worked with Louis Sullivan, and trained Frank Lloyd Wright. He died in Chicago (Ill.).

From the description of Dankmar Adler correspondence, 1888-1912. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 710062166

Born in Stadtlengsfeld, Germany. He emigrated to the U.S. in 1854 and settled in Chicago, Ill. He was a noted architect and engineer, active in several professional societies. He worked with Louis Sullivan and is credited as having trained Frank Lloyd Wright. Enlisted in the Union Army on 5 Aug. 1862.

From the description of Dankmar Adler papers, 1862-1865. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 707539759

German-born Chicago-based architect.

Dankmar Adler was born on July 3, 1844, in Stadt Lengsfeld, Germany, to Rabbi Liebman and Sara Adler. Sara died a few days after Dankmar's birth, it is claimed by the family that his grieving father named him Dankmar to combine his thankfulness ("dank" in German) for his new son with the bitterness ("mar" in Hebrew) in losing his beloved wife. Liebman Adler remarried in 1846, and in 1854 the Adler family immigrated to America. Adler grew up in Detroit and apprenticed himself to an architect there until the family moved again, to Chicago, in 1861. In 1862 Adler enlisted in the First Regiment of the Illinois Light Artillery, fighting until he was discharged at the end of the war in 1865. Afterwards, he worked for various architecture firms, and during this time he designed the Central Music Hall in Chicago, his first major building. Around 1881, he founded his own firm with Louis Sullivan. During their fruitful years together Adler and Sullivan designed and built over 100 buildings, including Chicago's Auditorium Theater, Garrick Theater Building, and Stock Exchange Building. Adler built a reputation as a keen acoustician from his work on theater buildings, and he was an acoustical consultant in the construction of New York's famed Carnegie Hall. Adler married Dila Kohn, daughter of a prominent Jewish merchant in Chicago, in 1872, and the couple had three children. He split amicably with Sullivan in 1896, and took smaller building projects in Chicago, including the Isaiah Temple (now the Ebenezer M.B. Church). Adler died unexpectedly of a stroke in 1900; he was only 56 years old. A pillar from his Central Music Hall marks his gravesite, at Mt. Mayriv Cemetary in Chicago.

From the description of Dankmar Adler papers, 1857-1984. (Newberry Library). WorldCat record id: 245578635

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  • Architects--Archives
  • Granddaughters--Correspondence
  • Architecture--19th century--Sources
  • Buildings--Salvaging
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  • Jewish families--correspondence
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  • Lost architecture
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  • Jews--History--19th century
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  • Manuscripts, American
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