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Dankmar Adler
Birth: Jul. 3, 1844
Thüringen, Germany
Death: Apr. 16, 1900
Cook County
Illinois, USA

Architect. Born in Stadtlengsfeld, Germany; his mother died while giving birth to him. He then came to the United States with his father Liebman who was a rabbi. Dankmar received his education in the public schools. He failed to get into college and received private instruction in drawing. After he expressed an interest in architecture, his father placed him as an apprentice with Mr. Shaeffer, a well known architect. He was taught the conventional five orders and drew many sketches of the Byzantine and Romanesque ornaments that were so popular in that period. Mr. Shaeffer taught him to erect houses of worship. After moving with his father to Chicago in May 1861 he began looking for a Architect job. In July 1862, he enlisted in Company M, First Regiment, of the Illinois Light Artillery to fight in the Civil War. He was involved in many battles from 1862 through 1864 and was also wounded. In the last nine months of service, he was assigned to be a draftsman in the Typographical Engineer's office of the Military Division of Tennessee. When he was discharged, he returned to Chicago. Dankmar had many jobs as an architect from 1865 to 1871, when he formed a partnership with Edward Burling. Eight months after the partnership began, they were inundated with work as a result of the great Chicago fire in October of 1871. Dankmar married Dila Kohn in 1872. He was not only an architect but also a gifted civil engineer who, with his last partner Louis Sullivan, designed many buildings including influential skyscrapers that boldly addressed their steel skeleton through their exterior design: the Guaranty Building in Buffalo, New York, the Chicago Stock Exchange Building 1894 to 1972 and the Wainwright Building in St. Louis, Missouri. Not only was Dankmar a hero in the Civil War, he was also a expert in acoustics and a pioneer in the development of steel-framed buildings and skyscrapers. He also built auditoriums and theaters. The last major building Dankmar designed was Temple Isaiah. He died at the age of 56. (bio by: Shock) 
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  Liebman Adler (1812 - 1892)
  Dila Kohn Adler (1850 - 1918)*
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Zion Gardens Cemetery
Cook County
Illinois, USA
Plot: Mount Mayriv
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Record added: Jul 15, 2002
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