The Lake Forest Preservation Foundation is pleased to present a docent-guided tour of Crab Tree Farm. The tours will feature the restored 1911 dairy farm buildings that now house an extensive Arts and Crafts collection of furniture and artwork including a limited time exhibit of Newcomb Pottery featuring the Fuldner Collection of Early Newcomb Pottery. Additionally, visitors will be able to view the garden area.
We are sorry this event is SOLD OUT. Please call or email the LFPF office to be placed on a waiting list. The cost for the tour is $20 for members, $30 for non-members. Registration is required in advance, and space is extremely limited. When purchasing tickets below, indicate time. For questions, please contact the Foundation office at 847-234-1230 or email, firstname.lastname@example.org .
Crab Tree Farm is the last operating farm located on Lake Michigan, in the State of Illinois. Originally a commercial dairy operation, it has had three owners in its one-hundred plus year history. Over the last thirty years, the farm buildings, designed by Solon S. Beman in 1911, have undergone extensive restorations and now house the premiere collection of American and English Arts and Crafts furniture and decorative arts objects in the country. An extensive collection of furniture by Gustav Stickley is housed in the buildings, also represented are the designers Charles Voysey, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and William Morris. The founding of Crab Tree Farm coincided with the peak of this movement in North America, at the beginning of the twentieth century.
Early Newcomb pottery is among the most highly esteemed art forms that emerged during the American Arts and Crafts movement. These high-glazed and decorated pieces of art pottery were primarily created in the first decade of the twentieth century at H. Sophie Newcomb College, the women’s coordinate college of Tulane University in New Orleans. This exhibition presents Newcomb pottery and textiles from the Crab Tree Farm Collection. It also includes works of art by Gustav Stickley, Arthur Wesley Dow (1851–1922), a highly in influential artist and arts educator, and Charles Francis Annesley Voysey (1857–1941) an English architect and designer.
The founding of Crab Tree Farm coincided with the peak of this movement in North America, at the beginning of the twentieth century.