Edward D. Dart

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Edward D. Dart, FAIA (May 28, 1922–July 9, 1975), born Edouard Dupaquier Dart and known as Ned by those close to him,[1] was a Mid-Century modern American architect.

Dart was born in New Orleans to parents of French descent. He studied under the tutelage of Richard M. Bennett at Yale School of Architecture, whence he graduated in 1949. At Yale Dart also studied under Pietro Belluschi, Marcel Breuer, Richard Neutra, Louis Kahn, Eero Saarinen, Harold Spitznagel, and Paul Schweikher.

One of Chicago's most distinguished architects, Dart was made a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects at age 44 and garnered 18 AIA awards. Between 1949 and 1968 he designed 52 custom houses,[2] 26 custom churches and many commercial structures. His notable buildings include St. Augustine's Episcopal Church (Gary, Indiana); Pick-Staiger Concert Hall at Northwestern University; Norris University Center at Northwestern University; St. Procopius Abbey and Monastery in Lisle, Illinois; and Water Tower Place on Chicago's Magnificent Mile.

In 1975 Dart died of an aneurysm while completing a significant commercial development, Water Tower Place. The archives of the Ryerson & Burnham Libraries, located at the Art Institute of Chicago, house a permanent collection of his works, donated in 1999 by his sister Susan.[3][4][1]

Personal life[edit]

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

Dart died on July 9, 1975. 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.
  • Henry P. Dart, Jr. family residence, Thetford, Vermont, built 1949, demolished 2005.
  • Erskine Wilder family residence, 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.[6]
  • 1021 Lake Cook Road, Highland Park, IL, demolished 2016.

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



  1. ^ a b Kunkel, Joe. "Edward Dart, Architect Born 1922 - 1975". Chicago bauhous and Beyond. Retrieved 1 July 2013. 
  2. ^ Koziarz, J., "A Look Inside One of Edward Dart's Rare Mid-Century Masterpieces", Curbed Chicago, May 6, 2016.
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ Dart, Susan (1993). Edward Dart Architect. ISBN 1-879260-09-3. 
  5. ^ "Architect Dart dies; rites Friday". Chicago Tribune. July 10, 1975. p. B12. 
  6. ^ Goldsborough, B., "Mid-century homes draw attention in Wheaton", Chicago Tribune, Sep 27, 2015.