Edward D. Dart

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Edward Dupaquier Dart, FAIA (May 28,1922 –July 9, 1975) was a Mid-Century modern architect.

Dart was born in New Orleans to parents of French descent. He graduated from Yale School of Architecture in 1949. Richard M. Bennett was chairman of the Department of Architecture as well as a professor of design during Dart's studies. Dart also studied at Yale under Pietro Belluschi, Marcel Breuer, Richard Neutra, Louis Kahn, Eero Saarinen, Harold Spitznagel, and Paul Schweikher.

One of Chicago's most distinguished architects, he was made a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects at age 44 and garnered 18 AIA awards. He designed 52 custom houses from 1949 to 1968, 26 custom churches, and many commercial buildings. The notable buildings he designed include: St. Augustine's Episcopal Church in Gary,Indiana; Pick-Staiger Concert Hall Northwestern University, Norris University Center Northwestern University, St. Procopius Abbey and Monastery in Lisle, Illinois; and Water Tower Place on Chicago's Magnificent Mile.

Dart died of an aneurysm in 1975 while completing Water Tower Place. The Art Institute of Chicago Ryerson and Burnham Archives at Ryerson and Burnham Libraries house a permanent collection of his works donated in 1999 by his sister Susan.[1][2][3]

Personal life[edit]

Dart married the former Wilhelmina Plansoen; a Duke University alum, on January 19, 1946.

Dart died on July 9, 1975.[4] At the time of his death, he was a resident of Barrington Hills, Illinois.[5]

Lost works[edit]

  • John McCutcheon House Lake Forest, Illinois built 1958 demolished 1992.
  • Lions Memorial Park Pool House Mount Prospect, Illinois built 1956 demolished 1980s.
  • Robert Hunker House Barrington, Illinois built 1954 demolished 1980s.
  • Erskine Wilder House Barrington, Illinois built 1959 demolished 1992.
  • Emmanuel Presbyterian Church Chicago, Illinois built 1963 demolished 2007.
  • Midway Studios Gallery University of Chicago built 1972 demolished 2009.
  • 116 East Elm ; Wheaton, Illinois built 1953 demolished 2013.

Works listed on the National Register of Historic Places[edit]



  1. ^ Anonymous (December 1999). "Edward D. Dart (1922-1975) Collection, 1841-1993 (bulk 1940-1993)". Ryerson and Burnham Archives, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries The Art Institute of Chicago (Accession Number: 1996.2). Retrieved 1 July 2013. 
  2. ^ Dart, Susan (1993). Edward Dart Architect. ISBN 1-879260-09-3. 
  3. ^ Kunkel, Joe. "Edward Dart, Architect Born 1922 - 1975". Chicago bauhous and Beyond. Retrieved 1 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "Architect Dart dies; rites Friday". Chicago Tribune. July 10, 1975. p. B12. 
  5. ^ "Architect Dart dies; rites Friday". Chicago Tribune. July 10, 1975. p. B12.