900 Illinois Road

Year of award: 
2010
Award category: 
Preservation
Original architect: 
Jens Jensen (gardens)
Year built: 
1910
Restoration architect: 
Kettelkamp & Kettelkamp

This English manor style home was built 100 years ago on eight acres for Henry Rumsey, a Chicago commodity trader. The architect for the home was Charles Coolidge, who designed the Art Institute of Chicago. The original gardens at 900 East Illinois were designed by the famous Midwest landscape architect, Jens Jensen, known for his "prairie style" design work. This would often consist of open spaces and pathways, which allowed one to stay in the shade while viewing the light. Working with original planting and garden design plans, Kettelkamp & Kettelkamp has returned the grounds to a Jensen design and planting character.