“The homes vary in price, size, and location, and represent unique opportunities to own a piece of history,” said Skae, manager of the Lake Forest Coldwell Banker office.
Skae provided the following write-up in an e-mail:
The “Theater House” from the famous Lasker Estate in Lake Forest just came on the market this week for $1,199,000. Albert Lasker opened the theater on his 51st birthday in 1931 to wine, dine, and treat his family and friends to magical nights listening to a 10 piece orchestra or watching the latest films of the day. The theater has been transformed into a sophisticated family home complete with four en-suite bedrooms and grand living spaces. It is set on 1.4 acres landscaped by Scott Byron.
Also for sale is the stunning David Adler coach house located on Mayflower Road which is noted for its unique tower which provides breathtaking views from its rooftop terrace. Italianate in design, this home features a red-tiled roof, whitewashed brick, and a façade of elegant arches. This home has been lovingly renovated and restored to provide a modern floor plan, a new chef’s kitchen, updated baths, and updated mechanicals. The historic allure has been preserved and includes such treasures as a study with vaulted ceiling and murals by Nikolai Remisoff. The architectural plans are on file at the Art Institute of Chicago. This home is offered for $2,800,000.
One of David Adler’s earliest works can be found on Sussex Lane. In 1914, the newly founded firm of Dangler & Adler designed this simple, classic French country home for Joseph M. Cudahy and his wife, Joan Morton Cudahy. This elegant stone and stucco home was originally set on an expansive estate property. The Cudahy’s large south meadow was the frequent setting for the dog and pony shows that children of the Onwentsia Club’s members staged to raise funds for local charities. Pictures of these benefits can be found today in the Chicago Historical Society’s scrapbooks. This home just came on the market this week for $7,900,000.
On Lake Road, overlooking Lake Michigan , you will find the Italian Villa that David Adler built for Charles and Frances Pike in 1916. This home represents one of Adler’s most famous lakefront gardens. The sunken garden was planned with the help of landscape architect Ralph Rodney Root. This home is offered at $7,990,000.
“Each of these homes is a treasure,” said Skae. “These homes were built in a time when quality and craftsmanship were paramount. The romantic allure of these historic properties is also very appealing. ”