6 Beds, 5.1 Baths
Square Footage: 6505
Parking: Two car attached garage plus five outdoor spaces for guests!
Lake Forest, Illinois 60045
This turn-of-the-century, gorgeous home is located in the heart of East Lake Forest and features grand entertaining spaces and a perfect, private yard. This impeccably maintained home features timeless architectural details such as leaded glass, bowed windows and doors, five warm fireplaces, beautiful millwork, and an eloquent front porch. All located just steps to both historic Market Square and Lake Michigan.
The style of the home is a restrained Queen Anne with extensive interior and exterior use of carved wood. These beautiful details set this home apart from all others. There is a decorated pediment situated on the roof above the front porch entry and a matching pediment is repeated and tucked into the roof gable.
A show-stopping porch wraps around the front and western side of the house. A charming porch swing hangs in the open section of the porch. The screened portion of the porch, which is 29' by 18', can be entered from the front or through leaded glass doors from the formal living room. This screened porch is cooled by ceiling fans and green and white striped awnings. This is a wonderful summertime entertaining extension of the house.
Some of the recent updates include cedar roof replacement, comprehensive rebuild of front porch, and chimneys rebuilt.
The original house was a small home and was built between 1858 and 1859 as Lake Forest Academy's boarding house, serving meals to students who studied and roomed in the nearby Lake Forest Academy building. The house was built by Sylvester Lind, a town founder and Scottish immigrant. The house was then located on the current site of Lake Forest College's Durand Institute which faces the First Presbyterian Church and is made of distinctive red stone.
David J. Lake, one of the original Lake Forest Association trustees, is said to have acquired the home soon after the civil war. His son attended Lake Forest Academy. He later decided to build a new home for his family, and he moved this home to its current site, then known as 9 North Sheridan.
In approximately 1874, it was sold to the Mrs. Elizabeth Turner Whitney, a widow, who lived there with her three children.
In approximately 1900, the architectural firm of Frost & Grainger was hired by the Aldrich family to enlarge and enhance the small house. At this time, they expanded the east living room and added glass windows and doors with the same pattern as the train station on McKinley Road.
The distinctive foyer though, which has given the house its nickname, "The Nook," appears to be designed by the architect John Wellborm Root, who later became part of Burnham & Root. This was possibly done in 1890. The foyer includes a distinctive fireplace, ornate staircase decorations, and inglenook benches which are typical of Root. This is the only known surviving Burnham & Root interior in Lake Forest, and possibly on the North Shore.
In 1996, the detached garage -- which was originally a two-story barn -- was moved and attached to the house. A new foundation was poured and an entire new section of the home was created. The butler's pantry, powder room, large gourmet kitchen, back bedroom and full bath were all entirely new in 1996, including all new heating, cooling, plumbing and electrical systems.
This home enjoys a distinguished 19th century design pedigree, and may be one of the earliest known surviving Lake Forest substantial homes. The home has been meticulously maintained with mechanical, electrical, and esthetic improvements while maintaining the integrity and beauty of the home.
Private, rear yard
Timeless architectural details
Leaded glass windows
Bowed windows and doors
Five warm fireplaces
Eloquent front porch
First floor bedroom suite
Second level laundry
Finished third floor
Updates 2013 - Today
Comprehensive rebuild of front porch including recreating & replacing custom columns & balusters, 2021
Cedar roof, 2016
Chimneys rebuilt, 2016
Basement walls treated with painted encapsulation system, 2020
Basement windows (4) replaced, 2020
Interior paint in bedrooms, 2021
Washer & dryer, 2019
Installed leak detection system in basement, 2018
Refinished second level wood floors and staircase, 2018
Staircase carpet runner, 2018
Can lights in living room, 2018
Plaster ceilings replaced in dining room and living room, 2018
Refinished wood floors in living room and dining room, 2018
Garage heater, 2013
Main sump pump, 2018
Sump pump in HVAC room, 2018
Kitchen hood blower, 2018
Water heater, 2018
Air conditioner unit in garage,
Laundry room upper cabinets, 2021
Basement floor painted, 2021
Exterior Painted, 2010
Replaced cellar doors
Exterior light fixtures
Replaced two sets of porch steps
Furnace, added third zone
Master bath tub
Girls' bathroom updated
Added and replaced many interior light fixtures.
Replaced many electrical outlets.
New lighting on third floor.
Added carriage lights on both sides of driveway.
Installed new gas log systems to the fireplaces in foyer & living room and made these fireplaces operational again
Replaced all trees along Sheridan Road and added eight new trees
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675 Forest Ave
Lake Forest, Illinois 60045
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