More historic Adler homes for sale than ever before in Lake Forest

51 Mayflower Road, Lake Forest, Illinois

Local correspondent Ned Skae reports that Lake Forest has more David Adler historic homes on the market than perhaps ever before.

“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 fa├žade 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. ”


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  • It seems you missed one!
    Next time some more fact checking....

  • Nope.

    If you had done some fact checking you'd have noted the date of my post and compared it to the times when the property you link was on the mareket.

  • Hi,

    These all are wonderful places and also very (surprisingly) livable, the only ones I've not been inside of are the one on Surrey, though I've seen the historic photographs, and the Lasker theater. The Hamill Centaurs tower house/garage and staff lodge and greenhouse complex was adaptively reused as a home by master preservation architect John Vinci (Market Square and Chicago Stock Exchange trading room, Art Institute). The view there from the roof terrace is incredible. Also, Remisoff is the muralist for the LF Library's rotunda with its pantheon of Ancient authors and also for the WAC (Women's Athletic Club) on Boul Mich. The Bentley place was renovated by Stanley D. Anderson ca. 1950 for the Bentleys; the south end sun room and library above were by Ambrose Cramer, Jr. ca. 1938. The gardens are by Fletcher Steele (also Schweppe pool, etc.) and then Annette Hoyt Flanders in the late 1930s, both highly regarded today by historians. I can give out references. For the Pike place the major architectural historian of traditional houses in the U.S. Richard Guy Wilson (UVA) in 2001-02 dubbed this landscape one of the most significant Italianate landscapes/gardens in the U.S. (David Adler, Architect... 2002).

  • Hello,
    Carolyn McLaughlin & Kelly McInerney of Prudential Rubloff in Lake Forest have listed for sale a David Adler Coach House at 250 Western Ave, Lake Forest for $2,800,000 which has been totally renovated in the highest quality while keeping very true to David Adler style and appointments.

    The home is a design masterpiece with a first floor master and great room with at least 20 ft ceilings.The kitchen is stunning - an octagon shape with a dome ceiling and the home is wired with the latest technology for audio/visual. The lighting is sensational and the landscaping and exterior appointments are genuine David Adler.

    This is the second David Adler coach house the owner has renovated in Lake Forest. I think Mr. Adler would be very happy and complemented by the owner's efforts and dedication to maintaining the integrity of David Adler's designs.

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