644 Deerpath Road

Year of award: 
2002
Award category: 
Heritage
Original architect: 
Rufus Rose (Attributed)
Year built: 
1860 (?), 1870

Known histroically as Forest Lawn, this early Lake Forest house was built by real estate businessman David J. Lake, one of Lake Forest's founders and its third mayor.  It is one of the earliest estate-scaled homes in Lake Forest.  The property is significant both locally and regionally as one of only a handful of houses surviving from the period before the Chicago Fire of 1871. It reflects pioneer Chicago architectural design and has been adapted over the eyars to meet the changing needs of various owners.