Established in 2003, West Ridge Bungalow Neighbors is a voluntary group of neighbors in Chicago who desire to assist each other in preserving and appreciating the homes in our neighborhood; educating each other and the broader public in the value and the story of our neighborhood; and providing resources to each other to improve the quality of our homes, enrich our lives and assure our neighborhood's future.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Nature By Design: A Tour of Four Historic Gardens

WHAT: Garden Tour – Nature By Design: A Tour of Four Historic Gardens
WHEN: Saturday, June 26, 2010 – 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: Tour starts at the Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Historical Society
361 East Westminster, Lake Forest
COST: Tickets $30 in advance, $35 at the door

Experience the past and present beauty of four noteworthy local gardens Saturday, June 26 on the Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Historical Society’s garden tour, “Nature By Design: A Tour of Four Historic Gardens”. The tour is presented in conjunction with the Historical Society’s exhibit Nature By Design: Drawings of the Foundation for Architecture and Landscape Architecture, 1926-1935.

The tour highlights four gardens that still contain remnants of their original design, or have been thoughtfully restored: Covin Tree (the former Walter and Katherine Brewster estate), Fairlawn (the former Farwell-McGann estate), House of the Four Winds (the former Hugh and Mary McBirney estate), and Villa Turicum (the former Harold and Edith R. McCormick estate).

Participants in the tour will have a unique opportunity to compare the gardens’ current splendor with renderings created over 75 years ago by budding professionals. The exhibit Nature By Design features over thirty original sketches and watercolors of Lake Forest sites drawn by students of architecture and landscape architecture in the 1920s and 1930s. These students were invited to attend a special program of summer training in Lake Forest, the Foundation for Architecture and Landscape Architecture, where they learned from masters of the field and used the local homes and gardens as models for study. Among these models were the four gardens included in the tour.

The self-guided tour is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and begins at the Historical Society, where participants will pick up their tour booklet. Tickets are $30 in advance ($35 at the door) and available on the web at or by calling the Historical Society at 847.234.5253.

The Nature By Design exhibit will have special hours for those on the tour and will be open on June 26 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.. The exhibit is generally open to the public on Tuesdays,Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. The Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Historical Society is located at 361 E. Westminster in Lake Forest.

The program was made possible by contributions from Lesser, Lutrey & McGlynn, LLP

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