The Uniqueness of Shaw Tradition in Lake Forest Architecture
The 2017 Benefit House & Garden Tour for the Lake Forest Preservation Foundation turns attention to a key century-old or more stretch of the west side of upper Green Bay Road, from Westminster on the south to Ragdale on the north, past Laurel Avenue. The focus of this year's walk will be Howard Van Doren Shaw and his associates in the country place era. Four richly historic properties will be on the walkable afternoon tour, 1-4 pm, with a fifth nearby the site of a concluding garden reception, 4-5 pm. Included are century-old houses and gardens, some with rich layers of architectural and landscape/garden renewal, some retaining their essential original characters.
This year’s visits offer looks at reform and cutting-edge interiors from the 1890s-1910s era with Howard Shaw and David Adler, a striking addition in the 1920s by Stanley D. Anderson, and more recent trend-setting do-overs from McMillen, Inc. (NYC) to meticulous, state-of-the-art restoration. Architects range from Shaw, Adler, Lindeberg, and Anderson of the Country Place Era (1893-1942) to contemporary Walker Johnson, David Woodhouse, and Virgil McDowell. Garden and landscape designs range from originals Rose Standish Nichols (Boston), Shaw, and the Olmsted Brothers firm to “our own” 21st century Craig Bergmann, Steve Cristy, and the Mariani firm to Oak Park’s Carol Yetkin.
Tickets are $100 through September 25 and $125 after September 25. Patron tickets are $150. Reserved ticket/program pickup is the day of the tour at West Park Warming House 12:30-2:30 P.M.
All proceeds from this benefit are used to support local preservation projects and provide educational programming for the community.