621 East Ryan Place

Year of award: 
2008
Award category: 
Preservation
Original architect: 
Martin Jensen
Year built: 
1910

This house was built in the 1910s as a wedding gift for Ellen Crane, sister of  Ed Boobyer, Jr., who grew up and lived next door at 89 N. Washington Road until his passing at age 97 circa 1997.  Ed Boobyer, Sr. worked as chauffeur and gardener for Edward L. Ryerson at “Havenwood,” a few blocks east.  He contracted builder Martin Jensen to build the one story house in the back yard of his own home on Washington Road.  The well-preserved residence is a unique example of a home built for families who maintained the large estates in Lake Forest and were able to construct smaller homes of their own.  The present owner purchased the home in 1988 and has preserved it in keeping with its pre-WWI cottage-like appearance through landscaping and exterior projects.