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Adler Cottage
Adler Cottage
TitleAdler Cottage
CreatorWilliams, Adele Fay
Date of the DrawingJune 12, 1927
DescriptionDrawing of the Lawrence Adler cottage. The drawing is of the cottage's west side and features the garden. This drawing is a part of the Robert E. Sterling Collection.
Title of ArticleOld-fashioned flowers fill Adler garden : Canterburry bells, fox glove, bleeding hearts surround quaint cottage.
Date of ArticleJune 12, 1927
Transcript of the ArticleWritten in pencil on bottom: " The Lawrence Adler cottage Midland Ave." From the Joliet Herald-News Sunday June 12, 1927 "You'd never believe it after viewing the charming garden on Midland avenue—but it is only three years old! And three years ago it was just one single acre of flat prairie ground, once a cornfield, drenched in sunshine. But now the sunshine that wasted it sweetness on the desert air—so far as this one neat acre was concerned—is put to good use in the blooming garden that has grown upon the acre, to be one of the beauty spots of of Joliet, and is still growing. Lawrence Adler is the magician who waved his wand—when, presto! –the finished garden took form and bloomed into beauty in an incredibly short space of time. Cottage Once Garage. At first there appeared the ‘cottage garage', primarily bent upon being a garage, and now equally determined to be a cottage alone. And very pretty it has remained thruout all its transformations and re-organizations of color scheme. A fine mantelpiece of natural, colored stone is the chief note of the principal room from which the color harmony has been evolved, within and without. A winding drive now leads past the cottage and its pergola to the rear garden now quite complex in detail. Another pergola—or rather, pretty grape arbor, extends to the south side of the lot, where a graceful covered seat, somewhat like a fairy throne, is placed as if to assist meditation. Flowers Are Everywhere. At the rear is another and longer bench with charming lattices about it. And everywhere there are flowers, great banks of bushes and masses of blooms of all description. The rock garden with its miniature waterfall, which roars as gently and as musically as the silvery ‘Blue Juniota' was outlined last fall and put in place this spring. Three circular pools it has, outlined with stones, with paths between, and tiny spruce trees and odd, unusual growths sunningly disposed in little nooks. Home of Goldfish. The sketch herewith, shows the rock garden, waterfall and pools with a corner of the west side of the cottage and the background of green trees. And if you gaze into the pools—which contain only pure rainwater—you will see s hundred goldfish, very much at home who dash up to seize the cracker crumbs Mr. Adler throws to them. And the birds there are too, who occupy the numerous birdhouses round about. A martin house is one of the features with many purple black members of this European and American swallow family. Last year there were a robin, wren, dove and hermit thrush nesting within a ten foot area. A picturesque bird bath is also an attraction to the feathered denizens of the lat. Forty Varieties of Iris. The flowers themselves are a joy forever, as no sooner does one variety cease blooming than another springs up in its place. Most spectacular in season are the iris, where 40 varieties in a row combine to show a marvelous harmony of these most graceful, opulent looking flowers in such subtle graduations of tone and color that brings thrills to each spectator. Also in a row of equally remarkable row of columbines of all sizes, shapes and colors there are 150 plants. Nothing could be more fascinating than these witchlike, eccentric flowers that seem as alive as butterflies. The Sweet William row is also overpowering in its massed blooms and changing brilliances of color, and is just now beginning to show form. Bower of Roses. Many roses, crimson rambler to blush rose, are to be found and lilies of many sorts. The arbor was built primarily to furnish a slight shade for flowers that prefer it. And it is here that the Canterbury bells, the pretty fox glove, the old fashioned bleeding hearts, larkspur and others may be found. Lemon lilies, orange lilies also flaunt their spectacular blossoms. Three varieties of lotos plants have been placed in the fish ponds, and portulacca and 50 little Black Hills spruce are used ornamentally thruout the rock garden. Gate Is Lacking. A 60 foot flagstaff rests upon a ‘pug stone' as a base which once served as power when turned by a horse ‘puddling' clay to make brick and tile. Two welcoming gate pillars of stone, with a picturesque fence of stone and no gate at all, do not belie the hospitality of the owner. For here all visitors are welcome, and all friends are made free of the garden and the cottage too. Indeed, it might be assumed that much of the owner's pleasure in this beauty spot comes from the fact that it gives pleasure to others, that others are made happy in it. Available to All. And it seems, the only purpose of its being is to give pleasure to all. Many committees, circles and clubs have availed themselves of the privilege of entertaining there, as if it were a true community institution. Miss Katherine Adler, Mr. Adler's sister, both of whom live in the fine brick mansion, the Adler homestead, on Eastern avenue, is equally hospitable to friendly organizations, both art and nature lovers who appreciate the privilege of meeting there. Gardners Always Busy. Considering the short period of its preparation, Mr. Adler has achieved remarkably dramatic and scenic results. In this he has been aided by his neighbor, George Abbott, who has a fine garden of his own, and two gardeners, who are always busy on both places. Besides the birds, three baby squirrels are to have the run of the place. They are now being kept in the house until they feel at home. Runways thru the stone fence and hedges have been made for their especial use and pleasure."
SubjectWilliams, Adele Fay
Joliet (Ill.) -- History
Physical Description30 cm. x 22.5 cm.
SourceClick this link for more historical information on the Joliet area - http://lewisu.edu/imcanal
Publisher (Digital)Lewis University
RightsAll rights held by Lewis University. For permission to reproduce, distribute, or otherwise use this image, please contact the Howard and Lois Adelmann Regional History Collection at Lewis University at 815-836-5665.
CollectionAdele Fay Williams Collection of Drawings and Prints (Lewis University)
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