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Property Name David Hall House
Reference Number 14000506
State Illinois
County Lake
Town Lake Villa
Street Address 25420 W. Cedar Crest Lane
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 8/25/2014
Areas of Significance Architecture
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The David Hall House is locally significant under Criterion C: Architecture. The 1931 lakeside mansion, designed by Chicago architect Ralph Wesley Varney, is an inventive melding of early 20th century revival and Art Deco styles. A survey of Chicago and Northern Illinois Art Deco houses by the Chicago Art Deco Society reveals that very few residential structures were built in a definitive Art Deco style and even fewer survive today. The Hall House is unique in that the Art Deco style was rarely employed for residential architecture; particularly since the rising popularity of the style in America generally shadowed the Great Depression when relatively few new homes were constructed. The Hall House ranks among the very best Art Deco houses in the region with a near-pristine Art Deco interior and very high original integrity. Original metal crafts in particular, in the railings, canopies, cabinets, grills, light fixtures, andirons and hardware still remain throughout the house that define the essence of it's Art Deco styling. Even the bathrooms remain intact with bold Art Deco designs and colors in the fixtures and ceramic tiles. Family tradition holds that David Hall's wife, May (Cave) Hall, inspired by a trip to Hollywood in the late 1920s and the work of Hollywood designer, Cedric Gibbons had considerable influence in the design of the house, especially the Art Deco interior. The property has retained exceptional architectural integrity from 1931, the year of its construction and period of significance.

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