Adler, Dankmar, 1844-1900

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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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creatorOf Adler and Sullivan. Plastic ornament, soffit of procenium arch. [graphic] : band no.1, McVicker's Theater / Adler & Sullivan. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Adler and Sullivan. T.C. [i.e., Terra Cotta] panel for synagogue. [graphic] / Adler & Sullivan. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Sullivan, Louis H., 1856-1924. Chicago Stock Exchg. Bldg., angle block in railing of main stairs. [graphic]. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Sullivan, Louis H., 1856-1924. 12" border, St. Nicholas Hotel, St. Louis. [graphic] / A S & R. [i.e., Adler, Sullivan, and Ramsey]. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Sullivan, Louis H., 1856-1924. Stencil border, banquet hall ceiling, St. Nicholas. [graphic]. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Sullivan, Louis H., 1856-1924. Sullivaniana collection, 1780-1972. Aurora University, Phillips Library
creatorOf Adler and Sullivan. Banquet hall cap. [graphic] / A & S [monogram]. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Sullivan, Louis H., 1856-1924. Caps of cols. in bar room; development of pattern; shaft, ceiling [graphic] : St. Nicholas Hotel / A S & R. [i.e. Adler, Sullivan, and Ramsey]. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Adler and Sullivan. [Ornamental band] [graphic] : [McVicker's] Theater / Adler & Sullivan. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Adler and Sullivan. T.[erra] c.[otta] panels, Wainwright Bldg. [graphic] / A & S, C L R, A A. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Adler and Sullivan. Octagon caps., Stock Exchange room. [graphic] / A & S [monogram]. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Adler, Dankmar, 1844-1900. Dankmar Adler papers, 1865-1900. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Adler and Sullivan. Banquet hall (corner) cap[ital] No.15. [graphic] / Adler & Sullivan. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Sullivan, Louis H., 1856-1924. 12" border in ceiling, Gentlemens restaurant, St. Nicholas Hotel. [graphic]. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Adler and Sullivan. Banquet hall cap. no. 16. [graphic] / Adler & Sullivan. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Adler and Sullivan. Gentlemen's Restaurant, restaurant, [and] caf'e. [graphic] : St. Nicholas Hotel / A S & R [i.e., Adler & Sullivan, and Ramsey]. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Adler and Sullivan. Rib ornament. [graphic] : No. 3, McVicker's Theater / Adler & Sullivan. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Adler and Sullivan. Plaster ornament in sounding board. [graphic] : Band No. 4, McVicker Theater / Adler & Sullivan, Archts. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Adler and Sullivan. [Ornamental band]Feb. 2/91 [graphic] : McVicker's Theater, band no. [2] / Adler & Sullivan. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Adler and Sullivan. [Ornamental rib] [graphic] : [McVicker's Theater]. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Sullivan, Louis H., 1856-1924. 12" color-border stencil, St. Nicholas. [graphic] / A S & R. [i.e., Adler & Sullivan, and Ramsey]. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Adler and Sullivan. Circular panel in proscenium. [graphic] McVicker's Theater / Adler & Sullivan. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Sullivan, Louis H., 1856-1924. Sketch study, Guaranty Bldg., Buffalo [graphic] : hardware / A & S[monogram] ; LHS [monogram]. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Sullivan, Louis H., 1856-1924. Stencils for color decoration, St. Nicholas. [graphic] / A & S & R. [i.e., Adler & Sullivan, and Ramsey]. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Sullivan, Louis H., 1856-1924. St. Nicholas Hotel, July 28 /94. [graphic] / A S & R [i.e., Adler &Sullivan, and Ramsey]. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Adler and Sullivan. Elevations of corbel under plaster beams. [graphic] / Adler & Sullivan. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Adler and Sullivan. Plaster ornamentation of balcony front. [graphic] : McVicker's Theater / Adler & Sullivan, Archts. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Adler, Dankmar, 1844-1900. Dankmar Adler papers, 1862-1865. American Jewish Archives
creatorOf Sullivan, Louis H., 1856-1924. Pattern of color stencil, St. Nicholas Hotel. [graphic] / A S & R. [i.e., Adler & Sullivan, and Ramsey]. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Chicago Historical Society. Hedrich-Blessing : architectural photography : selected photographs from the period 1929-69, 1989. Centre canadien d'architecture, | Canadian Centre for Architecture | CCA
creatorOf Sullivan, Louis H., 1856-1924. [Ornamental door frame] [graphic]. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Randall, John D. John D. Randall papers, 1940-1990. Chicago History Museum
creatorOf Adler, Dankmar, 1844-1900. Dankmar Adler correspondence, 1888-1912. American Jewish Archives
creatorOf Adler, Dankmar, 1844-1900. Dankmar Adler papers, 1857-1984. Newberry Library
creatorOf Sullivan, Louis H., 1856-1924. [Ornamental elevator screen] [graphic] / A & S. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Adler and Sullivan. [Ornamental rib] [graphic] : Sprague no. 50. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Adler and Sullivan. Diaper for walls of rotunda, St. Nicholas Hotel [graphic] / A S & R. [i.e., Adler & Sullivan, and Ramsey]. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Sullivan, Louis H., 1856-1924. Frank Lloyd Wright collection of Louis Henry Sullivan drawings, circa 1873-1910, (bulk circa 1883-1895). Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Sullivan, Louis H., 1856-1924. Plaster caps on wood cols. in rotunda. [graphic] : St. Nicholas / A & S. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Sullivan, Louis H., 1856-1924. Frieze on foyer. [graphic] : McVicker's Theater. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf D. Adler & Company. Capital for porch columns. Residence for M. Winemann [sic], Esq. [graphic] / D. Adler & Co., Archts. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Sullivan, Louis H., 1856-1924. Stencil for waiting room wall, St. Nicholas. [graphic]. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Adler, Dankmar, 1844-1900. Dankmar Adler papers, 1902, undated. American Jewish Archives
creatorOf Adler, Dankmar, 1844-1900. Dankmar Adler papers, 1844-1941. Aurora University, Phillips Library
creatorOf Adler and Sullivan. [Ornamental rib?] [graphic] : Sprague no. 49. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Sullivan, Louis H., 1856-1924. Plaster cap in waiting room, St. Nicholas. [graphic] / A & S. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
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associatedWith Adler and Sullivan. corporateBody
correspondedWith Adler family family
associatedWith Adler family. family
associatedWith Adler family. family
correspondedWith Adler, Liebmann, 1812-1892 person
associatedWith Auditorium Theater (Chicago, Ill.) corporateBody
associatedWith Chicago Stock Exchange Building (Chicago, Ill.) corporateBody
associatedWith D. Adler & Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Hirsch, Emil Gustav, 1851-1923. person
associatedWith Kohn, A. (Abraham) person
associatedWith Midwest Manuscript Collection (Newberry Library) corporateBody
associatedWith Newberry Library. corporateBody
associatedWith Randall, John D. person
associatedWith Rosenwald, Julius, 1862-1932. person
associatedWith Saltzstein, Joan W. person
associatedWith Sullivan, Louis H., 1856-1924. person
associatedWith United States. Army. Illinois Light Artillery Regiment, 1st (1861-1865). Battery M. corporateBody
associatedWith Weil, Sara Adler, 1877-1963. person
associatedWith Wilder, Thornton, 1897-1975. person
associatedWith Wright, Frank Lloyd, 1867-1959. person
associatedWith Zangwill, Edith Ayrton person
correspondedWith Zangwill, Israel, 1864-1926 person
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Chicago (Ill.)
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Architecture
Architecture--20th century--Sources
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Architects--Archives
Granddaughters--Correspondence
Architecture--19th century--Sources
Buildings--Salvaging
Engineers--Biography
Jewish families--correspondence
Jewish soldiers
Lost architecture
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Birth 1844-07-03

Death 1900-04-16

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