855 E. Westminster, Lake Forest, Illinois 60045: Property For Sale:

855 E. Westminster Lake Forest, Illinois 60045
New Price! Fabulous home within 1/2 block of Lake Michigan.
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This spectacular home of screenwriter, director and producer, John W. Hughes, Jr. is located within one block of Lake Michigan in the historic district of east Lake Forest. Historic presence and exquisite detail encompass this Edwin Hill Clark designed home. The exceptional craftsmanship, superior materials and attention to detail are evident throughout the entire estate. Meticulously maintained, renovated and expanded for today's families in 1992, this estate includes 7 Bedrooms, 6 Full Bathrooms, 4 Half Baths, a handsome Library, elegant Dining Room and Living Room, lovely Garden Room, huge Family Room, Media Room, an interchangeable Office Suite and 3 car heated garage. Features include 10’ to 11’ high ceilings, beautiful hardwood floors, amazing original millwork, 6 fireplaces, a 21’ x 50’ swimming pool, 4 bluestone terraces and beautiful professionally landscaped grounds. Whether a formal event, or a casual gathering with friends and family, this home is a blend of warmth, elegance and comfort.

Property Description

Originally built for Arthur Farwell Tuttle in 1929, the substantial 1992 two story addition replicated the architectural detail of the original home. The estate was purchased in 1988 for 2.4 million with millions invested in improvements and additions over 23 years. The addition includes a large Family Room and Breakfast area that open to the Kitchen. A handsome office suite or guest suite was also built during this phase of construction. The second floor office includes custom built-in desks, book cases and a wood-burning fireplace that bears the trademark of Hughes Entertainment within the mantle. A seamless transition between the old and new was achieved by duplicating the wood moulding profiles, stair details, door styles, roof materials, cast custom door hardware and wood floors. The Ludowici clay tiled roof, intricate brick patterns, hand carved wood elements, hand-hewn half-timbering and textured stucco panels create a rich architectural vocabulary rarely seen today. Construction costs today would be over $10 Million to build new. A truly one-of-a-kind offering.

Edwin Hill Clark was a well-respected architect who favored Classicism. He designed the Lake Forest Library, Ferry Hall, Grove School Campus, Lincoln Park and Brookfield Zoos, Plaza Del Lago, and prominent Lake Forest homes.

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For Sale

MLS#: 08210220
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2.1 acres
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School District:
District 67 & 115
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