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Lake Forest Home a Historic Masterpiece

July 10, 2010

When I was young, my parents used to take me to open houses for fun. The bigger the home, the bigger the day dream.

Today, I don’t have to wait for an open house. I get to see the inside of houses on the Internet, and I get to research their history. Every once in a while, I come across one I just have to share with you.

111 W. Westminster, Lake Forest.

I hope you enjoy today’s tour.

A Lake Forest home hit the market this week for $5.9 million. It’s located at 111 W. Westminster Ave., and it’s known as the Noble Judah Estate.

Noble Judah was a prominent Chicago lawyer and a member of the Illinois State House of Representatives from 1911-12. He was also a soldier during WWI, a bank director and the U.S. Ambassador to Cuba from 1927-29.

In 1917, Judah married Dorothy Patterson, who became the inheritor of the National Cash Register Co. fortune. How cool is this: Check out this newspaper article about their wedding!

Sadly, the couple divorced in 1933.

But back to the house.

The Noble Judah Estate was designed by architect Philip Lippincott Goodwin and built between 1925 and 1928. Philip Lippincott Goodwin helped design a little six-story building called the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City in 1939.

OK, enough about the history. Get to the house!

The 25-room, 13,000-square-foot home has six bedrooms, nine full and two half bathrooms, eight fireplaces, pecan wood paneling, Parquet de Versaille floors, two kitchens, a library, a second-floor game room and an indoor pool.

The French Norman Style mansion is sprawled across 3.14 acres and includes a spectacular 17th century landscape design, a beautiful, French-cobbled walled entry courtyard and a grass tennis court.

The home was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1990 and graces the cover of the Preservation Foundation Guide to National Register Properties: Lake Forest, Illinois in 1991 and 1994.

Gerald and Gail Miller, the current owners on record, paid a hefty $61,768 in taxes in 2009 on this historic masterpiece.

A little out of my price range, but it’s still fun to dream.

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