Eugene Malmer was born in Aurora on March 25, 1873, and was a graduate of East Aurora High School, and the Armour Institute of Technology. From 1893 to 1895 he attended the Chicago School of Architecture at the Art Institute of Chicago, where he studied with William Le Baron Jenney, father of the skyscraper. An alliance was established between the Armour Institute and the Art Institute in 1893, by which the former furnished instruction in the scientific and mathematical branches, and the latter in the artistic and technical work.
Following his education, Malmer became associated with the Chicago architectural firm of his instructor, William A. Otis. Otis lectured on the history of architecture for the Art Institute, in particular the French and Italian Renaissance period. His firm, Otis Architects and Engineers (later Otis and Clark), exhibited in the Chicago Architecture Club Exhibits. This club included the now renowned architects of the Prairie style, including Wright, Maher, Perkins, Spencer, and Talmadge. Malmer was also a member of the Illinois Society of Architects.
Working in Aurora
Malmer designed buildings in the Aurora area from 1903 until 1918, including the following:
1136 North Lake Street (demolished)
211 and 215 S Fourth Street
233 West Park Avenue
408 North Lake Street
435 West Downer
450 Oak Avenue
480 N Lake Street
567 W Downer
Grace Lutheran Church on Oak Street
Hotel Arthur (Terminal Building) at the NorthWest corner of Galena and Broadway
He also designed and supervised the construction of the original 1904
Carnegie Library in Aurora while employed by William A. Otis. Outside
Aurora, Malmer designed the Geneva City Hall where the original drawings
are located. In Sandwich, Malmer designed the house at 1100 N Latham
Street, which is very similar to the design of the 233 West Park house.
Many other homes are believed to have been designed by Malmer based on
the house style and design features. Malmer's houses were often
constructed in brick and stucco in the Prairie style, and featured Arts
and Crafts elements in the interior design. Features of the Prairie