I could feel this bewitching Lake Forest estate casting its spell over me from the moment I stepped beneath its suspended iron canopy.
To call this Howard Van Doren Shaw masterpiece breathtaking would be an understatement, as every nuanced detail of its ten-thousand square feet is not only pristine, but exquisite in its design and décor.
Shaw, the famed architect who designed this manor home in 1909 for a prominent grain and stock trader, did so in the refined English Arts & Crafts style that he is renowned for. The historic property has all the grace and charm of its earliest beginnings and yet has been updated with every modern convenience…updates that whisper, not scream.
My photographs don’t begin to do this gorgeous home justice, but I’m certain they’ll at least give you an idea of its magnificence. Take note of all the little details. From the barrel ceiling with plaster relief moldings in the entry foyer to the incredible views of the grounds and formal gardens that can be seen from every room, this home is truly amazing. And did I mention the Christopher Peacock Kitchen ? Stunning. Hope you enjoy!
A home for the ages, indeed!
Special thanks to Nancy Adelman of Griffith, Grant & Lackie for facilitating the first in my series of Home Tours.
Images 1, 7, 10 via JS Eckert Photography