614 East Spruce Avenue

Year of award: 
2008
Award category: 
Preservation
Year built: 
1895

This home  was designed in the style of an English cottage.  Argyllshire was built in 1895 for Cyrus McCormick III, grandson of Cyrus Hall McCormick (inventor of the reaper), one of several McCormicks to settle in Lake Forest.  The walls are half-timbered, and the wood shingles have been applied to the roof to resemble thatching.  The entrance faces west and is marked by a gable and small projecting porch.  During WWII, this house was used as a residence for WAVES.  It is a beautifully preserved example of one of the classic estates in Lake Forest.