611 East Illinois Road

Year of award: 
2018
Award category: 
Rehabilitation
Original architect: 
attributed to Alex Kelly
Year built: 
1918

This century-old cottage, likely built by Alex Kelly, and exemplifies the range of housing scales and styles in this Lake Forest College neighborhood. It's situated across from the open space of the College's Farwell Field (1903).  The new home construction nearby and the owner's rehabilitation of their arts and crafts home both remain consistent with the charming and historic streetscape. A similar home appeared in Von Holst’s 1913 Country and Suburban Homes. The present owners have also removed the existing siding and restored the exterior to its original stucco which greatly enhances its curbside appeal