Frances Adler Elkins
by Denise Sallee, MPC Library Archivist
Wonder what is happening in the archives? Processing of The Frances Adler Elkins Collection, including records kept by her assistant Nell Currie (1904-1986) is now underway.
The Monterey Peninsula College Library Archives & Special Collections Department extends their appreciation to the Monterey Peninsula College Foundation and the Thomas Doud, Sr. and Anita M. Doud Fund of the Community Foundation for Monterey County for their generous support of this special project.
Photograph from the New York Times
Frances Adler Elkins (1888-1953)
Photograph from Architectural Digest
Elkins was the sister of noted Chicago architect, David Adler (1882-1949). They worked together on over a dozen large homes in California, Illinois, New York and elsewhere.
In 1930 Elkins was commissioned by Del Monte Properties to do some renovations at the Hotel Del Monte in Monterey.
The famous Royal Hawaiian on Waikiki beach hired Elkins to refurbish the hotel following World War II
In 1931 Elkins worked with her brother on the Nassau County, New York, home of Mrs. Evelyn Marshall Field. Below is a detail from one of the blueprints in the collection showing the dining room mirror.
All images, except as otherwise noted, are from The Frances Adler Elkins Collection.