Annual Architectural House & Garden Tour

Sunday, October 2, 2016
1:00 PM ~ 4:00 PM

The Preservation Foundation’s annual fall benefit Architectural House and Garden Tour will take place on Sunday afternoon, October 2, 2016, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm with a reception following from 4:00 to 5:00. The focus of this year’s walk will be the area known as the Old South Woods, on and near the south end of Mayflower Road.

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Beginning with private Stone Gate Lane houses for the sons of Frances and J. V. Farwell, Jr. and with Walden, the Harriet and Cyrus McCormick estate, the Old South Woods area began development by the mid-1890s with continuing development in the 1910s, just prior to the U.S. entry into World War I in April 1917. About that time, Market Square also was being developed. Indeed, one of the estates to be visited, like Market Square, is celebrating its centennial in 2016.

Most of the building in the neighborhood was complete by the mid 1930s, and only in this century has new construction approached the scale and the classic, historic architectural level of that earlier Renaissance. Visits to open houses and gardens will include 1910s, 1920s, and 21st century examples—each one a model of classic principles applied masterfully by notable architects.

The Foundation’s fall benefit tours in recent years have all focused on neighborhoods—upper Lake Road, Lake Road and Deerpath near Forest Park, Ridge Lane near the corner of Deerpath and Green Bay, and in 2015 “old” Lake Forest along Deerpath and on Sheridan from Deerpath to Walnut, highlighting houses from the 1850s to the early 1900s. As a group these earlier tours offered attendees a good understanding of the evolution of this remarkable, classically-derived town. This year’s tour will continue to enrich both new and long-term Lake Foresters, increasing their understanding and appreciation for this city’s unique heritage, the reason for the Foundation’s determined efforts to preserve the legacy.

In addition, the funds raised—which may be tax-deductible for this 501(c)(3) charitable organization—play a major role in supporting the Foundation’s work in the community. Please join us for this year’s tour to support our work and visit private, nationally-known landscapes and homes in Lake Forest rivaling those of Newport and the north shore of Long Island or country places around Florence or in Normandy.

Ticket pick up on the day of the tour will be at the Gorton Community Center, 400 E. Illinois Rd., west side entrance.

Advance ticket price by September 28:

General Ticket ~ $100

Patron Ticket ~ $150

Registered Docent ~ $50

General Ticket after September 28 ~ $125

Please purchase your ticket for this event online by using the button below, or you may call the Foundation office at 847-234-1230. Thank you for your support.

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Event Sponsors and Patrons

Thank you to Forest & Bluff, the 2016 Tour Media Sponsor.



We appreciate our 2016 Event Sponsors, Lake Forest Bank & Trust and Schiff Hardin.


Thank you to the following 2016 Event Patrons:

Craig Bergmann Landscape Design

DaVinci Painters

Knauz Motors

KZF Development

Lake Foresrt Hearing

Mariani Landscape

Melichar Architects

Northwest Vascular and Vein

Linda and Jerry Shields

Sunset Foods