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2023 Lake Forest Showhouse & Gardens
Special Event Monday, May 8 featuring Honorary Chairs Ashley Whittaker & Timothy Whealon

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The 2023 Lake Forest Showhouse & Gardens is an elegant home set on 9 acres of beautifully landscaped property, including a 5-acre conservation area.  Walter Frazier designed the estate in 1969.  His work encompasses over 21 homes in Lake Forest and Lake Bluff.  


The 16-room red brick five-part structure features two low, flat-roofed one-story links leading to two temple like wings on the east and west.  The first-floor primary bedroom wing has a flexible arrangement of five rooms, and there is a minimum of 6 bedrooms and 4.3 baths. All of the south-facing main rooms open to the blue stone patio and gracious lawn. 

In addition, there is a charming, updated 3 bedroom, 2 bath caretaker's cottage; an additional outbuilding with garages, workroom, kennels, and 2 finished rooms with ½ bath, kitchenette and fireplace; and a separate 3 car garage..

The property was owned by a R. E. Sturtevant from approximately 1913-1968. Landscape plans were commissioned by Sturtevant from the Park Avenue firm of Ferruccio Vitale and Alfred Geiffert. The original landscape plans still exist though the gardens have been changed over the years.

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