Enjoy a walk or bike ride down Lake Road while learning the history of some of Lake Forest's most iconic homes.

You'll learn the date each home was built, the original owner, the architect, and architectural style--along with several fascinating factoids compliments of our curator. The tour is 1.25 miles and takes about 25 minutes to walk.

Most homes on this tour come from one of three periods: pre-WWI 1910s (Shaw, Adler); mid-1920s-1930s (Adler, Frazier, Lindeberg, Anderson); or 1950s-1960s (Frazier, Colburn, Cerny, Milman). More recent constructions are not featured – although some day they may be.

Download your free tour here. The pdf is formatted for phones and tablets.*

*We would love to offer this as a printed guide book. If you, or someone you know, would be interested in sponsoring the production of a Houses of Lake Road Walking Tour guide book, please contact Lisa Frey at lfrey@lflbhistory.org to discuss details. Thank you for your consideration!


This Week in History: Episode 5

This Week in History: Episode 5 with Alexandra Schneider

Farwell home saved from fire, North Shore ladies learn to save lives, Lake Forest College teaches how to talk the talk

View THIS WEEK IN HISTORY: EPISODE 5. See past episodes on our This Week in History youtube playlist.




#100YearsAgoToday The cool waters of the Market Square fountain and its shiny goldfish proved too tempting for local five-year-old Arthur Paley, who fell in. He was fortunately fished out by alert business owner Sidney Burridge, who ran the billiard parlor and cigar store where Kiddles Sports is located today.

(The fountain was later filled in and the goldfish relocated, to make it less of a hazard for the toddler and kindergarten set.)


#100YearsAgoToday The Lake Forester reported on a massive beer dump in Zion City, Illinois, emptying thousands of gallons of Milwaukee High Life into the sewer. The beer had been seized back in August 1919 while en route from Kenosha to Chicago. (Pictured: Zion mayor W. Hurd Clendinen doing his part for the cause - image source: Library of Congress.)

The media varied widely in its estimation of the volume of alcohol involved in the outpour: the Lake Forester said 56,000 bottles; the Chicago Tribune said 66,024 bottles, 307 barrels, and 18 kegs; and by the time the news made its way overseas, this British Pathe newsreel reported it had been 84,000 bottles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dp0ijnYOqA8

Zion City had been founded in 1902 by John Alexander Dowie as a Christian utopia, and had been dry from the beginning; the local ban on alcohol sales was finally lifted in the year 2000, ironically on December 6, the anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition.

The Tribune also reported that the dump, which started at 8 a.m. and went on until midnight, attracted large swarms of mosquitoes in the evening when large electric lights were switched on; onlookers were covered with bites, and the boys being paid 50 cents an hour to empty the bottles had to be supplied with face netting.

Note on the newsreel: Prohibition was occasionally referred to as the “Pussyfoot” law in honor of William E. “Pussyfoot” Johnson, Prohibition advocate and law enforcement officer who was said to have “cat-like” stealth.


#100YearsAgoToday Auto thefts continued to rankle the Lake Forest community. The open cars of the early 1920s were relatively easy to enter and hotwire, and access was easy, too, with cars often parked on the streets or in open, converted carriage houses.

The economic recession and increasing popularity (and necessity) of cars for everyday consumers made automobiles an attractive target for organized criminals. And the freedom they offered young people attracted rebellious joyriders.


June in Bloom

#JuneInBloom Garden at Ellslloyd, residence of Louis Ellsworth Laflin and Josephine Knowland Laflin on Hawthorne Place. Robert Kohn, architect, and Rose Standish Nichols, landscape architect.


#JuneInBloom Garden at Havenwood, estate of Edward Larned Ryerson and Mary Pringle Mitchell Ryerson, Ringwood Road. Architect Howard Van Doren Shaw designed the fountain; landscape designer Rose Standish Nichols laid out the plantings.


#JuneInBloom Garden at the Finley Barrell and Grace Witbeck Barrell estate on Rosemary Road. Howard Van Doren Shaw, architect; Warren Manning, landscape architect.



Last week's favorites:

Stephanie Schneider "Where am I and where did I get this hat? Last thing I remember was being in the kitchen, making dinner."

Wendy Giangiorgi "I know. I can't believe we look like this either."

Patti Gorman Torjusen "So that’s what’s happens to the old tablecloths from the Italian restaurant"

Karen Mathews Pedersen “Don’t you dare take a picture of me in this get up Charles”

Bill Roubal "Hee-Haw reunion"

Rick Ricci "Wanted to play the washboard and i get stuck with the potlids!"

Done any good golfing lately? Any bad golfing? We aren't here to judge! 

What silly lines do you have for this week's #captionthis?

Email your captions to aschneider@lflbhistory.org


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