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Emanuel and Clara Adler House

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1888, Alfred C. Clas. 1681 N. Prospect Ave.
  • (Photograph by Andrew Hope)

Emanuel Adler’s family clothing business was very successful in the 1880s. While plans were underway for his seven-story Romanesque Revival factory on N. Water Street, Adler hired Clas to design a similarly high-style house for his family in Milwaukee’s Gold Coast neighborhood. The Romanesque Revival–Queen Anne house is richly built, from its rusticated randomsized limestone first story to its red pressed-brick second story and its attic and gable level clad in red terra-cotta fish-scale shingles. The entrance portal has granite columns with carved sandstone capitals that support a carved Lake Superior sandstone arch, which is balanced on the right by a conical three-story turret and on the left by a gable. Paneled oak double-leaf doors with decorative metal strap hinges and carved foliated panels open to an oak-wainscoted vestibule. Foliated carvings on the massive newel post wind up a curved oak staircase. Freestanding colonnettes frame the living room’s glazed tile fireplace, which reaches from the floor to the oak-beamed ceiling. Opulent elements of this house remain intact despite its conversion to apartments in the 1930s.

Writing Credits

Marsha Weisiger et al.


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Marsha Weisiger et al., "Emanuel and Clara Adler House", [Milwaukee, Wisconsin], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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Buildings of Wisconsin

Buildings of Wisconsin, Marsha Weisiger and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2017, 139-140.

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