Lake Forest Tudor by Architect Myron Hunt is Listed

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Myron Hunt was the original architect of this beautiful Tudor in Lake Forest built in 1898.

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Hunt was practicing in Chicago during the late 1800s and early 1900s and so was a contemporary of Frank Lloyd Wright.

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The grounds are beautifully landscaped and include several gardens such as a Courtyard Garden, a Woodland Garden and a Kitchen Garden.

He relocated to California in 1903, opening an office in Pasadena with Elmer Grey.

 

 

Above is pictured an Ojai Valley Chalet designed by Hunt.

There office became quite popular among the wealthy; they were hired to design many large homes in communities all over Southern California including the summer ranch home of Will Keith Kellogg which is now part of California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, California.

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In addition to residential work Hunt is responsible for larger projects including hospitals, schools, churches, hotels and notably, the Rose Bowl.

David Adler Home in Lake Forest for Sale

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One of the Chicago areas most noted architects is David Adler.  Although he designed homes across the United States, the majority of his work was completed in the Chicago area for some of the wealthiest families.  This home in Lake Forest, built in 1932, is one of his largest.

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When Adler began his career in Chicago he worked briefly for Howard Van Doren Shaw but soon left VDS’s practice to open a practice with his friend Henry Dangler.

Adler’s designs express symmetry and elegance, borrowing from many architectural styles including Georgian, Colonial Revival, Italian Renaissance and Scandinavian.

In January I wrote a post about a book I had read called Empty Mansions which tells the story of heiress Huguette Clark and the fantastic homes she lived in before becoming a recluse and living the last 30 years of her life in a hospital.  I ran across this clip about Bellosguardo, the beautiful estate she owned in Santa Barbara which she left to the city of Santa Barbara upon her death.

Have a great week!

Ron Howard puts his Connecticut Home on the Market

Twenty years ago Ron Howard and his wife purchased over 32 acres of property on a lake in Connecticut.  Wanting to build a home where they could raise their family they created an amazing compound.  In addition to the six bedroom home there is a two bedroom guest house, a sports barn and a working farm.

The home includes a two-story library, greenhouse and pool.  There is also an observatory with a Meade telescope.  It sounds like an amazing piece of property, doesn’t it?  Now that their children have grown and moved away, the Howard’s intend to move on.  I wonder where they will go next.

Do you have a junk drawer?

Doesn’t everyone have a junk drawer?  When we downsized we got rid of a LOT of stuff and I got serious about having a place for everything and everything in its place.  And yet somehow I still ended up with a junk drawer.  It’s not too bad though.  It’s actually fairly neat but still my catchall spot when I need a place to put something fast.

So what’s in mine?  A paint deck.  Several chargers, at least one that doesn’t belong to anything we currently own.  Chip clips, gift cards, miscellaneous coupons, doggie pick-up bags, a piece of pottery my daughter made at least 8 years ago that I can’t seem to part with, a pack of fruit stripe gum and an accessory to a dog leash which I can’t remember how to use or what it’s for.  That’s not too bad, is it?

Did you know there is a blog about the junk drawer?  Read it here.  You can photograph your junk drawer to share and answer a few fun questions at the same time.  The oldest post I could find is from November 2013 so it appears to be a newer blog but you get to check out the contents of other people’s junk drawers.  And that is kinda fun.

Just in case you decide to take on your drawer this weekend, here is a post with 6 different ideas to help you get organized.

A Happy Mother’s Day to all Moms!  And wishing everyone a wonderful week!

Take a Look at This Beautiful Victorian Era Home in Chicago’s Hyde Park

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This brick home in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago was built in 1884 for William and Anna W. Waterman.  The architect was Henry Fletcher Starbuck.  Starbuck lived and worked across the United States; he was born in Nantucket and began his career in Boston, moving later to Chicago, Milwaukee and eventually California.

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The Waterman home features beautiful original woodwork and gorgeous stained glass, all common during the Victorian era.  It is wonderful to see everything so well preserved.

Although Starbuck designed many homes, he earned a reputation as a specialist in church architecture.  In addition to the Waterman home he designed the Quinn AME Chapel at Wabash and 24th Street in Chicago which is the oldest church for African American congregations in the city of Chicago.

If part of your spring cleaning detail involves painting your interior, I found a great article at Apartment Therapy that describes everything to consider when selecting color and includes some great photos to help further enlighten.

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Then read this to see how designer Susan Diana Harris in San Francisco used color in a Victorian home to link the small spaces together.  She chose a pretty bold color pallet.

I just finished my third book by British author Sophie Hannah.  So far I have read Little Face, The Truth Teller’s Lie and The Wrong Mother.  Have you ever read her work?  I have really enjoyed her crime stories.  As I read the books, the detectives’ personalities are unfolding and I am enjoying getting to know them all.  I think the cases that Ms. Hannah has created are unique and try as I might to solve these mysteries she manages to stay one step ahead of me so that I am always surprised by the time I get to the end.  They are very quick reads and I look forward to reading the next one.

Have a great week!