Lake Forest, IL


Celebrating 100 years of health care service in 2011


The Infant Welfare Society of Chicago 2009 Lake Forest Showhouse & Gardens is reminiscent of the luxury that defined the “Gatsby” Beaux Arts era. The Lansdowne Estate was designed by Benjamin Marshall and built in 1911 for the head of Rand McNally. Stunning views surround this 14,500 square foot European-inspired home situated on 22 acres with riparian rights to the beach.   

The stately white pillars hint at the grand scale of the home.  Impressive terraces and magnificant views of Lake Michigan are the highlights of the first floor. The home boasts a grand foyer, living room, coffered ceiling conservatory, solarium, library, 9 fireplaces, 5 bedrooms, third floor gathering room, guest suite. The lower level includes a wine cellar, spa, sauna and dressing room, and lounge.  The grounds feature a pool, pool house and coach house. This estate is truly a historical masterpiece and monument to Chicago and it’s opulent architecture.

Explore this grand historic home, 30 miles north of Chicago, that has been restored and updated for the 21st century by 36 top interior and landscape designers.

Lansdowne Estate

Thank You . . .

The Infant Welfare Society of Chicago and the Lake Forest Showhouse Committee would like to thank Orren Pickell and Orren Pickell Designers and Builders for the generous donation of this beautiful property for use as the 2009 Lake Forest Showhouse & Gardens.