Annual Fund

Annual Fund “Station Bound”

All Donations Plus Foundation Match dedicated to recreate a quality circa 1900/turn of the century Train Station Interior!


To the community,

The Lake Forest Preservation Foundation is earmarking 100% of your annual fund contributions to partner with the City to ensure the quality and historic character of the rehabilitation of the train station interior, scheduled for mid 2017. Because this waiting room is a significant gateway into our town, the Foundation will match all donations up to a total of $25,000 contributed by year-end. The Foundation’s board of directors hopes that this will encourage a wide spectrum of community stakeholders to step up to make this renovation longer-lasting and respectful of the original design, while increasing its usefulness for the next 100 years.

Since 2007-08 a key focus of the Preservation Foundation has included the need to restore and rehabilitate Lake Forest’s historic, architecturally-significant east train station. The Foundation funded the 2009-completed Historic Structure Report by the firm of noted preservation architect Gunny Harboe.  This helped the City gain two major federal grants and significant Metra assistance. These have funded the 2011 new slate roof, hipped passenger sheds, and restoration of the dormers and this year’s meticulous restoration of the stone, brick, mortar, and timber station exterior.    

In the next phase, new washrooms will be built in the former south side freight office, a major upgrade from the current facilities.  New research mostly by LFPF member and resident David Mattoon has discovered much of the information that aided in this process, including the original circa 1900 architects’ plans. To accommodate findings of the 2009 Harboe report and the new information about the historic interior, the Foundation seeks to provide a rehabilitated waiting room and ticket area that includes: 


• New flooring equal in durability to the previous material that lasted from 1900 until the 1980s and reflects that historic character - $70,000.

• New waiting room wall wainscoting and upper wall surface; wainscoting like the original broad plank horizontal type still found in the 1903 Lake Bluff station by Frost & Granger - $25,000.

• Refurbished 1900-era benches, last rehabbed in the 1980s - $12,000.

• New lighting appropriately scaled and recalling the stations original combination gas and electric fixtures that have been documented from historic photographs of the station -$15,000.


We hope you will consider participating in this very special one-time “station bound” appeal to rehabilitate the station interior to be consistent with the handsomely restored exterior, resulting in a suitable gateway to Lake Forest, of which we can all be proud!  


Annual Fund committee:  

Ingrid Bryzinski, VP Development and Annual Fund Chair

Board Members Stephen Bent, Judy Boggess, Gail Hodges, and Tom Gleason 

Arthur Miller, President, Lake Forest Preservation Foundation


While our Annual Fund campaign focuses on year-end contributions, donations can be made at any time. To make a recurring gift, please contact our office at 847-234-1230 or