142 Stone Gate Road

Year of award: 
2000
Award category: 
Preservation
Original architect: 
Russell Walcott
Year built: 
1926

On a lovely wooded site near Lake Michigan, this home creates a strong sense of French Normandy country life. The French Beaux Arts influence is clearly visible in its one-room-deep design and setting on the crown of the McCormick Ravine.  Carefully preserved by the owners, it has national significance.

Russell Walcott was one of the superbly-trained and talented group of architects working in Chicago just after Howard Van Doren Shaw and before David Adler.  He first worked with his brother Chester and later with Robert Work who had worked for both Shaw and Adler.  A 1912 graduate of Princeton, Walcott also designed several houses for Lake Foresters.  Among those were 200 Knollwood Circle in 1929, the west wing and portions of the Owen Barton Jones estate at 10 West Deerpath, the Dangler house at 155 Mayflower Road, and 160 East Onwentsia Road.