About the Lake Forest Country Places Collection
The links and articles below largely stem from tours, talks and writings of the Librarian for Special Collections, based on holdings here.
Key resources for local estate research are National Register and local landmark nomination forms. One NR form, dating from 1995 and one impetus behind some of the original 1990s pieces, is the nomination form for Lake Forest’s Green Bay Road National Register Historic District. Also newly updated, much revised and approved in Washington is the 1976 original east Lake Forest estate district, to be available in digital form from the State Preservation Agency mid year 2012. A preliminary draft version is available temporarily for reference use only.
July 11-14, 2008 a tour was led, based on estates-related material from Special Collections and with a visit to see them, a four-day members’ study program for the Society of Architectural Historians. Dozens of upper North Shore estates and landmarks were visited from Glencoe, Highland Park, Lake Forest, and Lake Bluff. Baird Jarman, a study tour fellow and an Associate Professor of Art at Carlton College took photographs and created a blog recording major stops.
Many articles linked below, by Arthur H. Miller, Archivist and Librarian for Special Collections at Lake Forest College, originally appeared in the Helen Yomine published Lake Forest Journal, 1994-1997; some have been replaced or updated and others have been added, along with some documentary material.
Some of the early articles have been updated or superseded by these subsequent publications:
Classic Country Estates of Lake Forest, Architecture and Landscape Design, 1856-1940 by Kim Coventry, Daniel Meyer, and Arthur H. Miller (W. W. Norton, 2003); The Country Houses of David Adler by Stephen M. Salny [Lake Forest College Class of 1977] (W. W. Norton, 2001); David Adler, Architect: The Elements of Style edited by Martha Thorne (Yale University Press, 2002); North Shore Chicago: Houses of the Lakefront Suburbs, 1890-1940 by Stuart Cohen and Susan Benjamin (Acanthus Press, 2004); Lake Forest: Estates, People and Culture by Arthur H. Miller and Shirley M. Paddock (Arcadia, 2000), 30 Miles North: A History of Lake Forest College, Its Town, and Its City of Chicago by Franz Schulze, Rosemary Cowler, and Arthur H. Miller (2000). Still, these articles and their replacements stand, for their focus on places and people often not covered elsewhere or in the same manner.