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Harrie T. Lindeberg, Architect, collections


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Dexter Cummings estate

Onwentsia clubhouse drawings

Wyldwood, Clyde Carr Estate, Lake Forest

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Harrie T. Lindeberg, Architect, collections, 1910-1930s | Lake Forest College Archives and Special Collections

By Arthur H. Miller, Archivist, Lake Forest College Library; amiller@lakeforest.edu

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Title: Harrie T. Lindeberg, Architect, collections, 1910-1930sAdd to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1916-32

Creator: Lindeberg, H. T. (Harrie Thomas) (b. 1879; 1879-1959)

Extent: 0.3 Linear Feet

Biographical Note

New York-based architect Harrie T. Lindeberg designed a number of Lake Forest structures between ca. 1910 and the early 1930s.  with the notable exception of the 1928 Onwentsia clubhouse, these were residences or country houses for estates centered on the Onwentsia club, a suburban social hub for economically and especially socially elite Chicagoans.

Lindeberg's career generally is well-documented.  He is cited by architectural historian Thomas Tallmadge in his 1927 first history of architecture in the U.S. as representative of the picturesque designers of the 1920s. 

His career had begun as an associate in the offices of McKim, Mead & White, leading New York architects.  That distinguished firm though suffered a severe blow with the scandalous death in 1906 of design partner Stanford White.  That year Lindeberg left the firm to form a new one with another former associate, Albro & Lindeberg.  by 1910 the firm had a Lake forest commission for Orville Babcock, a country house near Onwentsia on N. Green Bay Road, Two Gables (later the Laurance Armour estate).  By 1916, too, Lindeberg had a spectacular lake view estate commission for Clyde Carr, president of Ryerson Steel.  this Wyldwood commission, landscaped by Warren Manning, was a large French country estate house and staff lodge (both extant, separate properties).    A key feature is the stunning Ira Bach metalwork at the entry and elsewhere. 

A decade later, when the Onwentsia membership sought to replace their wood frame, adaptively reused 1893 H.I. Cobb farm club house, according to Alfred Granger ("Chicago Welcomes You," 1933) they chose not to select one of their local architect members, but to call in the the Long Island club design expert Lindeberg. 

While he was engaged in that substantial project, still standing little changed, he also undertook a number of residences: Chapin/Beidler, Reynolds (1930), and Dexter Cummings (1930) among them. 

The end of the Country Place Era by the mid 1930s resulted in an end to Lindeberg local commissions.

Box and Folder Listing

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[Series 1: Dexter Cummings estate, 1929-1930],
[Series 2: Onwentsia clubhouse drawings, 1920s-1930s],
[Series 3: Wyldwood, Clyde Carr Estate, Lake Forest, April 4, 1916],

Series 1: Dexter Cummings estate, 1929-1930Add to your cart.
Specifications for the Dexter Cummings house and grounds, on the northwest corner of Lake Road and Spruce, Lake Forest.
Item 1: "General Work" Specifications, Residence and Garage, July 1929Add to your cart.
Pin bound typescript on legal pages, [7], A-L, 65.  To accompany drawings form H.T. Lindeberg, New York.
Originals or Copies Note: Blueprint pages, copies of typescript.
Item 2: "Vacuum Vapor Heating System" Specifications, July [16,] 1929Add to your cart.
Typescript legal size pin-bound, [3], H1-12 pp., with red grease pencil markings on pp. [3], indicating for hot water heater only, and H-2.
Originals or Copies Note: Blueprint pages, copies of typescript.
Item 3: "Electric Light and Power Equipment" Specificiations, June and July 1929Add to your cart.
Typescript legal size paper, pin-bound, [4], E1-16, 1-A-2A, [6], P1-P17.
Originals or Copies Note: Blueprint pages, copies of typescript.
Item 4: "Revised Specifications for General Work...", August 20, 1929Add to your cart.
Typescript legal size and pin bound, [2], 63 pp.
Originals or Copies Note: Blueprint pages, copies of typescript.
Item 5: "Special Interior Finish..." Specifications, March 1930Add to your cart.
Typescript legal size paper pin bound, [1], 14 pp.  In pencil on binding paper, "Copy for Mr. Cummings."  Also pencilled changes on p. 10.
Originals or Copies Note: Blueprint pages, copies of typescript.
Series 2: Onwentsia clubhouse drawings, 1920s-1930sAdd to your cart.
This is a group of plans, drawings and copies (blueprints, etc.) of the late 1920s Onwentsia main building and of other proposed and perhaps built structures by the Lindeberg firm.

Biographical/Historical Note: By the later 1920s the Griffith Grant & Lackie, Realtors, Inc. archives have shown that the club no longer could obtain fire insurance on its clubhouse, originally architect Henry Ives Cobb's farm/country place, 1890-93m adaptively reused in 1896 as the club's headquarters and original lodgings above. Soon this was being expanded with a west side veranda by architect C. S. Frost (before 1904).  The new structure was to be fireproof and to a new standard of style, as exemplified by the best eastcoast, Long Island clubs.  Lindeberg was well known there, and through periodicals.  Thus, he was given the position.

Following construction and the end of most estate building within a decade, the club turned to architect member Stanley D. Anderson (1896-1960) to maintain the clubhouse, etc. The drawings were stored with the firm's files, and after Anderson's death they were transferred to his last partner, William Bergmann.

Acquisition Information: The plans (drawings, etc.) were donated to the Lake Forest College library's Special Collections in the early 2000s by William Bergmann's son, Paul, who maintains the Stanley D. Anderson Architect Archives.
Series 3: Wyldwood, Clyde Carr Estate, Lake Forest, April 4, 1916Add to your cart.
Blueprint plans for the Clyde Carr house and staff lodge/garage, Lake Forest, by Harrie T. Lindeberg.  The large property with a lake view is located on the northeast corner of Illinois and Mayflower Roads, and was landscaped by Warren Manning.  For its scale, perhaps ten acres, and its location it is still in tact and maintained.

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