880 Elm Tree Road

Year of award: 
1994
Award category: 
Preservation
Original architect: 
Charles Sumner Frost

The architect of this house, Charles Sumner Frost, also designed the First Presbyterian Church in Lake Forest and, with his partner Alfred Hoyt Granger, designed City Hall and the North Western train station.  This was his family home, however.  A previous owner had restored many details of the house, but typical of most families today, the present owners required the additional space of a family room and also a garage suited to their needs.  Much care was taken to protect the historic streetscape view of the home. By making the addition lower than the original house, using brick removed from the original east facade on the connector link, and repeating the brick pattern and coursing detail, a compatible addition was achieved.