1421 North Lake Road

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Original architect: 
David Adler (1928-1929), Ambrose Cramer (1938)
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1928-1929, 1938

The original owners of this house were Richard and Phoebe Norcross Bentley, both members of old Chicago families.  Mr. Bentley was a Yale-educated attorney.  David Adler laid out the site to take advantage of the lake vista and the setting itself, natural woods.  In the 1930s, the property was subdivided, and a newer garage was constructed after former staff quarters and the carriage house became part of a lot created by that subdivision.  After the 1938 addition, Annette Hoyt Flanders provided a landscape plan for the gardens.  Other than the 1938 addition and the newer garage, this South African Dutch Colonial style home looks essentially the same as when it was first built.