Herbert Spieler was born
in Elgin in 1898. He attended Armour Technical Institute (now Illinois
Institute of Technology) and received a 2-year certificate in 1918.
After that, he worked as an architect in Elgin with George Morse.
Working in Aurora
In 1928, he moved
to Aurora, and had an office in the Graham building. His home was at 211
Calumet. While in Aurora, he did all the architectural work for the
Rockford diocese in association with Wybe Jelles Vandermeer, including
the St. Charles Hospital and Mercyville in Aurora. He also worked with
area contractors, such as Peterson, Skoglund, Carson, and Bumpus. For
their developments, he wrote the specifications for houses, handled all
the bidding to various builders, then reviewed them with the homeowner
and supervised construction. In 1949 he joined a firm in Chicago.
Spieler also worked in:
Spieler was influenced by the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, and attended his lectures in Chicago. The horizontal emphasis of his ranch style homes reflects this influence.
Spieler's son, George, has identified the following homes as designed by his father, and has completed renderings showing them as they were originally designed. They include:
123, 144, 145, 167, 172 and 246 S Evanslawn Avenue