From Gowns To Gavels:
The Life and Work of Virginia Fiester Frederick
Join us for a lecture and luncheon telling the story From Gowns to Gavels:
of local designer and politician Virginia Fiester The Life and Work of
Frederick. The program, which was made possible by Virginia Fiester Frederick
a generous grant from the Market Square Questers, Lecture and luncheon
will recount the details of her fascinating, multi- Tuesday, September 29, 2009
faceted career. Curator Laurie Stein will highlight 10:00 a.m.
The Grille on Laurel
several “Fiester originals,” Virginia’s beautiful 181 East Laurel Ave
couture clothing designs, many of which were made Lake Forest
for Lake Forest residents. $25; includes lunch
Virginia’s fashion design career took place in settings small and large, from its
beginnings in her basement with outfits for her own children, to its pinnacle at no less
of an address than 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, when her designs were commissioned
for a White House wedding. The wedding gowns she created graced the aisles of
many local churches. Her political career also began locally, as the first woman
alderman on the Lake Forest City Council, and then ventured south to Springfield,
where she served for 16 years in the Illinois State House of Representatives.
The lecture begins at 10:00 a.m. at the Grille on Laurel. The $25 admission includes
For an even more captivating account of Virginia’s life, try her autobiography:
Moving On: My Life Through the Twentieth Century and Today will be available for a
special price of $10 at the luncheon and at the Historical Society.
For more information or to reserve tickets, contact the Historical Society at
847-234-5253 or visit the website at www.lflbhistory.org/events.htm.
Virginia Fiester Frederick
Red Stripe Coat by VFF
Evening Gown by VFF
September 2009 a Volume Twenty-five a Number Two
Spotlight on Volunteers
The Collections, Exhibits and Publications (CEP)
Committee plans exhibits and related events,
developspublications and book signings, and provides
oversight for the care of the artifact collection and
research activities. Chaired by Harold Morrison,
One of the defining characteristics of the committee membership currently includes Mike
a museum is that it has a collection Conklin, Margie Juedes, Susan Kesley, Pauline Mohr,
of artifacts that are periodically Sharon Nudel and curator Laurie Stein. The committee
put on display. But gone are the meets about every two months, depending on the level
days of the museum as a dusty of programs.
old attic. A key part of what we
do as an organization is to help The CEP Committee is undertaking a special project
spread the word about history and this year to plan the Historical Society programs related
we have had numerous successes to the 150th Anniversary of Lake Forest in 2011. New
lately in this area. members are needed. If you are interested, please
contact Laurie Stein at email@example.com or
An article appeared in the Chicago Tribune in June
about the Lasker Estate and the tour we offered of
this magnificent property. The collaboration we
had with Lake Forest College to research the Lasker Congratulations go out to curatorial volunteer, and
Estate golf course was featured on the College’s author of Lake Forest Day: 100 Years of Celebration,
web site. We have a periodic column in the Lake Laurietta Parsh. Laurietta, a former teacher in District
Forester on history “snippets.” Thanks to volunteer 67, was named to the Libertyville Senior Hall of Fame.
Jeannie Lane for writing these. Among the online Bravo! Laurietta has also been busy speaking about the
postings are those at www.Triblocal.com and at Lake Forest Day book to various groups in the area.
www.Gazebonews.com. We feature in-depth articles
in some of our newsletters which we call “Alphabet A huge thank-you to summer intern Justin Curciarello
Stories”—we started with a topic beginning with who organized the archives on architect Walter Frazier
“A” and are working our way through the alphabet.
and worked to publicize our
The letter “K” is up next. Our newsletter is now
new book. Justin is a senior
available on our website. Also through the website,
we are selling our recent books on architect Walter at DePaul University and is
Frazier and the history of Lake Forest Day. studying history. Thanks
also to high school students
We have recently signed up with Constant Contact to Ingrid Lusting and Jordan
send email blasts about upcoming programs. If you Majka for organizing
are not on our email list and would like to receive Intern Justin Curciarello scanning materials in the research
periodic notices of programs and events, please send images of Walter Frazier buildings.
your email address to our membership manager,
Laura Pasztor. She can be contacted at lpasztor@ We would be history without volunteers!
Looking to the present and future, I would like to
The Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Historical Society inspires an
express congratulations to curator Laurie Stein on
awareness of the community’s history and an appreciation of its
her marriage to Alex Hunt on September 5, 2009.
The Board of Directors threw a wonderful party relevance through:
for Laurie and Alex at the home of Board Member • Delivering engaging exhibitions, publications and public
Kathy Govas. Best wishes to you both! programs
• Collecting and preserving local heritage and culture; and
• Supporting historical research
Mark Your Calendar Don’t Miss our Latest Exhibit
SEPTEMBER Our exhibition Hole In One: The Lore and Lure of
Golf has been a resounding success, drawing more
Sunday, September 13, 2009 visitors than any exhibit to date, both from Lake
Museum reopens Sundays from Forest and other Chicagoland locales. It’s been
1:00 to 4:00 p.m. until Memorial Day featured in publications from GazeboNews.com to
Forest & Bluff to the Chicago Tribune.
From Gowns to Gavels:
The Life and Work of Visitors to the exhibit learn about the first golf links
Virginia Fiester Frederick in Chicagoland, see an abandoned course come
Lecture and luncheon to life, and discover the stories behind the clubs
Tuesday, September 29, 2009 and golfing legends of Lake Forest and Lake Bluff
10:00 a.m. through artifacts and photographs.
The Grille on Laurel
181 East Laurel Ave., Lake Forest Come see what all the fuss is about after a morning
$25; includes lunch on the links: the exhibit is open on Tuesdays,
For tickets, call 847-234-5253 or
Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from 1 to
4 p.m. until February 28, 2010.
Lake Forest during the Depression
Lecture with Fredrick Van Sickle
Thursday, October 29, 2009 7:00 p.m.
The Lily Reid Holt Memorial Chapel at
Lake Forest College
Hole in One: The Lore and Lure of Golf
Open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
Golfers on the Links at the Onwentsia Club, circa 1900.
1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Through February 28, 2010
Welcome New Members
Ms. Violet Anderson Ms. Mary H. Gram Mr. Peter Mead
Mr. Kurt Bachman Mr. George Hender Ms. Catherine B. Murphy
Mrs. Alice W. Barkhausen Ms. Laura Henderson Mr. David Radomski
Ms. Ellen Blodgett Ms. Patricia Kosmerl Ms. Carole J. Schall
Ms. Judy Boggs Mr. Mike Ley Ms. Kate Smith
Ms. Diane Boscia Mr. William B. Makelim Ms. Barbara D. Vallaly
Mr. Dennis Brown Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. McGowan Mr. and Mrs. John Vratimos
Ms. Margaret Davidson Ms. Cathy McKechney Mr. and Mrs. Brian Weston
For the Year Ending May 31, 2009
The Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Historical Society has had another outstanding year. We continue to come up with new, thoughtful
and entertaining programs and exhibits on local history. Despite the downturn in the economy, the call during our membership
renewal to “nourish the mind and feed the soul” struck a positive chord and our membership drive was a success. Our annual
appeal also flourished with many donors giving at amounts higher than previous years. Among the highlights over the last year
• Our outstanding new curator, Laurie Stein, joined us in January.
• We published the book Lake Forest Day: 100 Years of Celebration.
• Programs included a walking tour of Lake Bluff, a lecture on The City Beautiful, a lecture on Chicago’s Prairie
Avenue and a program on the history of Chicago’s oldest private clubs.
• Barbara Rinella presented American Jennie: The Remarkable Life of Lady Randolph Churchill at Glen Rowan
• The fall benefit luncheon, A Mariner’s Delight and Demise: Tales of Lake Michigan, featured historian and
song writer Lee Murdock and former Mayor Frank Farwell.
• The exhibits Extra, Extra showed newspaper headlines from the collection of Archie Stevenson and Politics on
a Pin: Presidential Campaign Buttons showcased the collection of Don Spooner.
• The exhibit Hole in One: The Lore and Lure of Golf opened to rave reviews. In connection with this exhibit, we
worked with students from Lake Forest College to conduct oral history interviews and research the archaeology
of the magnificent Lasker Estate golf course
• Through a grant from the Market Square Questers we researched and cataloged the couture collection of
Virginia Fiester Frederick and developed a public program to be presented in September.
• We were supported by many volunteers and an unprecedented number of interns.
• We were the lucky beneficiary of the December show of the Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Artisan Guild.
Special thanks go out to Rocco Fiore & Sons and the Woodlands Garden Club for all the work
they do to beautify the Historical Society property. In addition to other landscaping projects that
they donated, Rocco Fiore gave us special attention on Earth Day. The Woodlands Garden Club
continues to plant the spectacular urns at the entrances to the building.
The Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Historical Society is honored to recognize the individuals,
organizations and businesses that have made generous gifts between June 2008 and May 2009.
Gifts of $1,000 or more Mr. and Mrs. Robert G. Shaw Mrs. Jane W. Beers
Mr. Fred Berghorn Mr. and Mrs. Alexander D. Stuart Mr. and Mrs. Tom Bernardin
Mr. and Mrs. Henry T. Chandler Mr. and Mrs. Edgar J. Uihlein, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Charles C. Bowen
City of Lake Forest Mrs. Lloyd W. Bowers
Coldwell Banker Mr. and Mrs. Brian J. Brodeur
Mr. and Mrs. George Covington Gifts of $250 to $499 Ms. Holly Brown and
Mr. and Mrs. David Dezelan Anonymous Mr. Edward Brooks*
Mr. and Mrs. Wesley M. Dixon, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Robert F. Beine Mr. and Mrs. William D. Bruce
The Donnelley Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Edward Bennett III Mr. and Mrs. Robert G. Bullard
Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Hale Brook Furniture Rental Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Willard Bunn III
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas B. Hunter IV The Frame Forum Mr. and Mrs. Rhett W. Butler
Hunter Family Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Leonard W. Golan Mr. and Mrs. J. Melfort Campbell
The J. M. Kaplan Fund Mr. Philippe A. Hans Mr. and Mrs. Barry J. Carroll
Mr. and Mrs. Douglas M. Kinney Mrs. Margaret S. Hart The Coyle Foundation
Mr. and Mrs. John H. Krehbiel, Jr. Ms. Anne Hunting Ms. Phyllis R. Cretors
Mr. and Mrs. Anthony R. Manno Mr. Frederic Klein and Ms. Patricia J. Curren
Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Mills Ms. Frieda Jacobs Mr. and Mrs. J. Matthew Davidson
Mr. and Mrs. Eric Moore Mr. and Mrs. Bradley R. Krey Mr. and Mrs. Richard Dompke
Mr. and Mrs. Harold M. Morrison Mr. and Mrs. Alan J. Lacy Mr. and Mrs. David Donovan
Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Morrison Mr. and Mrs. Albert S. Lowe Mr. and Mrs. Robert D. Douglass
The Northern Trust Mr. and Mrs. Frank Mariani Ms. Madeleine B. Dugan
Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Nyren Ms. Cathy McKechney Mr. and Mrs. Brian Esterman
Mr. Othon Ochsner I Mr. and Mrs. Michael K. McMurray Mr. Francis C. Farwell II
Family Foundation Mrs. Charles A. Meyer Mr. Robert D. Fitzgerald
Rocco Fiore & Sons, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Roger Mohr Mrs. Carol Gard
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Byron Smith, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Aidan I. Mullett George Baldwin Plastering Inc.
Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius B. Waud Pasquesi Home and Gardens Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Golan
Mr. and Mrs. Henry West Ms. Carlotta Rotman Mr. and Mrs. David Gorter
Woodlands Garden Club Mr. Thomas Ryan Ms. Jean McBride Greene
Mr. and Mrs. Mark F. Saran Mr. and Mrs. Robert B. Griffin
Gifts of $500 to $999 Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Serafine Miss Grace Groner
Mr. George W. Blossom III Mr. and Mrs. Richard Siragusa Mr. David Grumhaus, Jr.
Mrs. Helen D. Bronson Mr. and Mrs. Harrison Steans Ms. Elizabeth Guenzel
Mr. and Mrs. James J. Carfagno Mr. and Mrs. Mark Taylor Ms. Janice C. Hack
Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Chabraja Mr. and Mrs. Fred Wacker Mr. and Mrs. William J. Hart
Mr. and Mrs. Richard J. Chapman Mr. and Mrs. Mark Westcott Mr. and Mrs. Philip M. Hartung
Mr. and Mrs. Roger K. Deromedi Mr. Eugene Woroch Mr. and Mrs. Jim Herber
Knauz Automotive Group Mrs. Richard T. Hough
Red Bird Hollow Foundation Gifts of $100 to $249 Ms. Liese Kant
Ms. Jean Royster Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Ahern Mr. and Mrs. Kurt Kohlmeyer
Mrs. William L. Searle Mr. and Mrs. Louis Axelrod Mr. and Mrs. John W. Kozak
Lake Forest Sportscars, Ltd. Gifts Under $100 Ms. Lezlie Lenz
Lake Forest Woman's Club Ms. Jan Barnes Ms. Dori J. Mages
Mr. and Mrs. Laurence R. Lee Mrs. Orville C. Beattie Mr. and Mrs. John McDonough
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Lenny Mr. Eugene Benes Ms. Mickey McGowan
Mr. and Mrs. Loomis Lincoln Ms. Paula Boese Ms. Robin Mueller
Ms. Romalda Lopat and Ms. Judith N. Boggess Mr. David O'Neill
Mr. John Drummond Mr. and Mrs. Basil Borders Ms. Joan Parparigian
Mr. and Mrs. David Mathis Ms. Sheila Brandon Dr. and Mrs. Ronald Pawl
Ms. Deborah Waud Moore Mrs. Elizabeth Brown Mr. John Quinn
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Moulton-Ely Ms. Veronica Chin Ms. Marcia Ray
Dr. and Mrs. Tomas Nemickas Ms. Nancy Clemens Ms. Nancy Remington
Ms. Sande Noble Mr. and Mrs. Richard Cordell Mr. and Mrs. Timm Reynolds
Mr. and Mrs. Barry Nudel Ms. Brooke Costello Ms. Donna Ritson
Mr. and Mrs. Jay L. Owen Ms. Karen Dailey Ms. Kathleen Ann Romberg
Ms. Shirley Paddock Mrs. Mary N. Dalton Mr. Franz Schulze
Mrs. Suzanne P. Pattou Mr. and Mrs. Donald Deubler Mr. and Mrs. John G. Smith
Mrs. Paula Berghorn Polito Edana Westrich Designs Mr. and Mrs. Wendell E. Standley
Mr. Bernard M. Prais Mrs. Robert P. Elfering Ms. Kathy Stevenson
Price Insurance Mrs. Cameron W. Farwell Mr. and Mrs. Frank H. Swanton
Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Prochnow Ms. Patricia Rafferty Finn Ms. Jaime Taylor
Ms. Winifred M. Reidy Ms. Lisa Fisher Ms. Alison Tompkins
Ms. Cynthia Reusche Ms. Carol Gayle Ms. Celia Turner
Dr. Mark Rudberg and Ms. Ellory Peck Ms. Jean Grost Ms. Ethel Untermyer
Mr. Scott Schweighauser and Ms. Elizabeth A. Hedsund Dr. and Mrs. Gerald Ver Meulen
Ms. Elizabeth Ellrodt Ms. Linda Hicks Mrs. Hempstead Washburne, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Gregg Sherrill Ms. Katherine R. Hill Mr. and Mrs. Barry Wawrzyn
Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Shields Ms. Debra Hodges Ms. Kristen Weisberg
Mr. John A. Stevenson Ms. Susanne S. Hooe Mrs. Kay Weston
Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Sweningsen Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Hotchkiss III Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth E. Wood
Mr. and Mrs. Ronald F. Tesarik Mr. Rudolph J. Iberle Ms. Wendy Zumpano
Mr. Jonathan Trutter Mr. and Mrs. James B. Isenberg
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Waldeck Ms. Sarah Kienzle
Mr. and Mrs. David Waud Mrs. Frank Kreuz
Mr. and Mrs. Morris Weeden Ms. Lisa Kula
Mr. Henry P. Wheeler Lake Forest Academy *Includes Employer Matching Gift
Mr. William Wheeler Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lamphere
Mr. and Mrs. Alain Wood-Prince Ms. Carolyn Langs
By Laurie Stein, Curator
Seeking local families with century-long roots
Each spring the Historical Society’s Annual Meeting features the Centennial Family Awards. This wonderful program was
initiated several years ago to honor families who have lived in Lake Forest and/or Lake Bluff continuously for at least 100
years. It provides not only a lovely tribute to the families involved, but also an opportunity for families to remember and explore
stories from their past. The photographs and memories unearthed and the presentation produced for the awards ceremony
become invaluable items to pass down to future generations.
The Historical Society is seeking families interested in the Centennial Family Awards for 2010, when we will honor three
families at our Annual Meeting. We like to get an early jump on our research for this program so family members have time
to locate photographs and memorabilia. The Historical Society can also arrange to interview any family members interested in
recording their reminiscences.
For more information about the Centennial Family Awards, call 847-234-5253 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also
download the Nomination Form on our website at www.lflbhistory.org/events.htm.
History close to home: What do you know about 361 East Westminster?
By far the most common question we get from visitors to the Historical Society concerns our museum building. “Why are you
tucked back so far from the road?” they ask. “What did this building use to be?”
The answer, as most long-time Lake Forest residents know, is more complicated than they probably expect. The block our
building occupies was the site of one of the first country places built in Lake Forest, that of Chicago physician Charles H.
Quinlan. When his first home burned down in 1869, the Second Empire house that replaced it was paired with a matching
carriage house – the current Historical Society building. This carriage house featured room for conveyances on the ground level
and apartments for estate staff on the second floor – spaces that now house exhibits, archives, and offices.
Shortly after rebuilding, Quinlan sold his property to Simeon Williams who owned it for nearly twenty years before selling in
1887 to Captain Israel Parsons Rumsey, a Civil War cavalry officer. The Rumsey family christened it “The Evergreens.” Mr. and
Mrs. John E. Baker bought the house in 1921 after the deaths of the Rumseys. The Bakers subdivided the property, paving the
way for the construction of the church on the corner and of the library.
This also led to the Masons obtaining the carriage
house and converting the building for their own use,
by the mid-1920s. It was also used as a dance studio
from the 1930s to the 1950s. The building was later
acquired by the City of Lake Forest, and has housed
the Historical Society for over a decade.
But we want to know more! Our members and
others around the community have always been our
most valuable source of historical information. Do
you have memories of our building as the Masonic
Lodge? Newspaper clippings of Mrs. Emma’s
dance studio? Relatives who visited or worked at
the Evergreens? If so, please contact Curator Laurie
Stein at 847-234-5253 or email@example.com.
Welcome New Board Members
The Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Historical Society is proud to introduce three new
Board members: Lori Baker, Kate Smith and Laura Henderson.
LAKE FOREST-LAKE BLUFF
Lori Baker was born and raised in Lake Forest and attended The School of St. HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Mary, Lake Forest High School and Barat College. She and her husband Kent BOARD OF DIRECTORS
have four daughters. She has been a realtor in Lake Forest since 1999 and
particularly enjoys learning the history of some of the historic homes in our 2008-2009
community and delving into their past. She says that what sets us apart from
other communities is “the dedication we have to history and preserving what
is best.” As a life-long resident of the town, Lori has “seen the city change a
lot over the years but it has never lost its historic perspective.” Lori was an art President: Thomas Hunter IV
history major and lived and studied in England. She has had a long-standing
Vice President: Frederick G. Wacker
interest in history and plans to continue that dedication as a member of this
Board. She has served locally on the Boards of the Chamber of Commerce, Treasurer: Leslie T. Chapman
United Way and Friends of Ragdale. Secretary: Pauline M. Mohr
The Historical Society welcomes Laura Henderson as a new Board member. Development Assistant: Laura Pasztor
Laura has 37 years of real estate experience on the North Shore and nearly 20
years in Lake Forest. She currently works with Baird & Warner. She has lived
in Lake Forest for 25 years and is the mother of two daughters; Vanessa, who
works as a textbook editor in Manhattan and Clarissa, who works in the energy Holly A. Brown
industry in Houston. Laura has been involved in a broad array of cultural and
civic responsibilities within Lake Forest. These associations include; Lake
Forest Symphony Guild Present, Board of the Gorton Community Center, past Mike Conklin
President of the Woodlands Garden Association and the Lake Forest Woman?s David A. Dezelan
Club Board. Laura has shown an active involvement in her community over
the years and she looks forward to assisting this active Board. Robert D. Douglass
Kathryn P. Govas
Kate Smith is the owner of Trillium Consulting, LLC, a construction
consulting firm. She appreciates the rich historical and architectural heritage of Katherine Hale
the Chicago area and has spent most of her life on the North Shore. Kate was Marguerite D. Juedes
raised in Evanston, lived in Lake Forest for many years, and currently resides
David M. Lutrey
in Highland Park. She has served as a Board Member of the Landmarks
Preservation Council of Illinois and as a member of the Lake Forest Historic Catherine W. McKechney
Preservation Commission. Kate has a BS in Civil Engineering from the Harold M. Morrison
University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana and an MBA from the Lake Forest
Graduate School of Management and is a registered Professional Engineer. Shirley M. Paddock
She enjoys being a member of the Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Running Club, Carlotta H. Rotman
biking, and golfing.
Robert G. Shaw
John A. Stevenson
Executive Director: Janice C. Hack
Curator: Sara Gonzales
Left to Right: Lori Baker, Kate Smith and Laura Henderson
Walter Frazier: Frazier, Raftery, Orr, & Fairbank Architects
Houses of Chicago’s North Shore, 1924-1970
The Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Historical Society announces the publication of the book Walter
Frazier: Frazier, Raftery, Orr, & Fairbank Architects Houses of Chicago’s North Shore,
1924-1970 by authors Kim Coventry and Arthur Hawks Miller. The book is available
by contacting the Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Historical Society at 847-234-5253 or www.
lflbhistory.org. The book costs $75.00, $65.00 for members of the Historical Society.
Among the most prominent yet least studied architects of mid-twentieth-century Chicago,
Walter Frazier, who trained at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Ecole des
Beaux-Arts, Paris, possessed a solid grounding in the architecture of the past, an intellectual
openness to new and emerging ideas, and easy social graces. These characteristics made him
an obvious choice for Chicago’s educated and refined elite, and over the course of his career,
he designed houses for such notable Chicagoans as Howard and Lucy Blair Linn, James R.
and Betsey Needham Getz, Elliot and Ann Steinwedell Donnelley, and Edward Byron and
Louise Dewey Smith. This fascinating study of his work, the first of its kind, brings to light
the accomplishments and influences of an architectural luminary, a herald of the best taste of
his elite Chicago clients.
Frazier worked in association with Howard Raftery for more than thirty years, and with Montgomery Orr and Edward Fairbank
from 1945 until his death in 1976. Together, they designed stylish and livable classical residences on Chicago’s upper North
Shore, as well as clubs, hotels, and banks in Chicago and homes and offices in the Fox River Valley, west of the city.
Few careers spanned as many of the best examples of the twentieth century’s architectural movements as Frazier’s. Indeed, his
ability to design across styles and perspectives would become a hallmark of his work and distinguish him from many of his
better-known predecessors. His high-profile residential commissions are significant for their fashionable exteriors—including
landscape and garden settings—and their handsome and comfortable interiors, as well as for the collaborations among
architecture, landscape, interior design, and art professionals that they effected.
Focusing primarily on Frazier’s residential work in Lake Forest and Lake Bluff, this lavishly illustrated volume features 20
color plates and more than 100 black and white images and detailed analyses of twenty-one of the architect’s Lake Forest/ Lake
Bluff houses. It also incorporates in-depth discussions of four undertakings of a different type—including the Casino club and
the restoration of Hull House—which speak to the stylistic and historical preoccupations of his residential work. This essential
publication, which represents the definitive study of the work of Frazier and a significant addition to existing scholarship on the
history of architecture in Chicago, demonstrates the particular relevance of the legacy of Frazier and his firm in today’s dynamic
Tour of the Lasker Estate a Success
The Tour of Albert Lasker’s Mill Road Farm on June 27 was a wonderfully received
event. Many thanks to both our volunteers and to the homeowners who graciously
opened up their homes for the tour. As always, we are grateful for the continued
support of The Northern Trust. A limited number of brochures from the tour are
available for $5.
The Historical Society is also selling Mill Road Farm Golf Club Flags. A flag
that any one of Albert Lasker’s Partridges would proudly display! Beautifully
embroidered with the Mill Road Farm emblem, the flags are available for purchase
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361 East Westminster
Lake Forest, Illinois 60045
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Lake Forest during the Depression
“By the unique character of Lake Forest we were not subjected to the same hardships as those living in other cities. If any jobs
were available, it was in Lake Forest. If anyone was in real need, he was taken care of in Lake Forest. There were always those
in the upper bracket financially who had enough charity in their hearts to lend a helping hand.”
F. Barry Fitzgerald, 1982
From an interview with Frederick Van Sickle
Join us for a special presentation about what Lake Forest was like during the Great
Depression. Though the community tightened its belt in many ways, it also launched
an ambitious number of construction projects including the Lake Forest Library in 1931.
The large estates felt the impact and were, perhaps, never the same again. Local residents
also found themselves affected by the financial collapse of the infamous Samuel Insull.
The lecture Lake Forest during the Depression takes place on Thursday, October 29,
2009 at 7:00 p.m., the 80th anniversary of Black Tuesday. The program will be held at
the Lily Reid Holt Memorial Chapel at Lake Forest College. Admission is free.
Speaker Frederick Van Sickle researched this topic for his senior thesis while a student
at Lake Forest College in the early 1980’s. He had the opportunity to gather many first-
hand accounts from local residents of life during the 1930’s. Mr. Van Sickle is currently
the Vice President for University Development at Columbia University in New York.