Lake Forest Stunner is Grand on Every Level

June 21, 2010

There’s a Lake Forest home on the market that boasts over two acres of land, more than 10,000 square feet of living space and a price tag of $7.9 million.

The back of the house at 275 Sussex in Lake Forest.

Situated behind iron gates at 275 Sussex Lane in the northern suburb, there are sphinx statues and stone garlands to greet you by the iron front door. In the back, French doors lead to a pool, tennis courts and formal gardens.

The three-story, stone-and-stucco mansion has eight bedrooms and seven updated bathrooms on the second floor alone. The home also has a ladies’ powder room with a sitting room and a gentlemen’s powder room with fabric walls.

The updated kitchen.

Inside the French style mansion’s 10,386 square feet you’ll find 11-foot ceilings, herringbone and parquet wood floors, at least three fireplaces, magnificent chandeliers, a library with floor-to-ceiling bookcases, an updated chef’s kitchen, a second kitchen, a sun room, a living room that’s 41×21 in size and a foyer that’s almost as big.

The third floor offers a sauna, a granite wet bar, a full bathroom, two big playrooms and a stage with dramatic lighting.

A stage?

The grand living room.

The home was built by architects Henry Dangler and David Adler in 1914 for Joseph M. Cudahy and his wife, Jean Morton Cudahy, daughter of Joy Morton, who founded the Morton Salt Company in Chicago in 1885 and the Morton Arboretum in Lisle in 1922. The home was named Innisfail. The Cudahys later had Adler build them a larger home at 830 North Green Bay Road and called it Innisfail II.

In the 1920s, children of members of the Onwentsia Club, a prestigious golf club in Lake Forest, would use the home’s large south meadow for dog and pony shows to raise money for local charities. In 1990, there was a concert held there by the Camerata Singers of Lake Forest, a group that performed for almost 30 years, often in different historic homes in Lake Forest.

In 2009, the tax bill on this property cost owners Barbara and Roman Cooper $33,108. For a home and property this grand, I would expect a higher bill.

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