77 Wentworth Avenue, Glencoe, Illinois, United States, 60022
Seven years ago today we posted about the looming threat of demolition of this beautiful lakeside Georgian Revival in Glencoe, Illinois. We followed up with the property today and to our dismay, the owners did in fact execute their plans to demolish the existing structure to build new. Built c.1896 as a much smaller farmhouse and later expanded to eighteen rooms and over 10,000 square feet, the residence had recently been restored and upgraded. According to Chicago Mag, the property was once owned by William H. Field, Chicago Tribune executive, who sold the house for $40,000 to Bruce MacLeish, an executive and future chairman at Carson Pirie Scott. The house reportedly remained in the MacLeish family until the mid-1980s. Ken and Katherine Weber purchased the mansion in 2003 for $3,825,000 before undertaking the task of restoring period detail, upgrading mechanicals and designing a new kitchen and bathrooms. Notable interior details included a spiralling three-storey staircase, extensive detailled moulding, a panelled study, seven fireplaces and nine bedrooms. The one acre property also included a swimming pool, gardens and cable car providing access to 240 feet of beach with a boathouse with space for a 28 foot boat. The couple first listed the mansion in 2009 for $9,500,000. It sold in 2012 for $4,580,000 to David and Susan Sherman. The new owners told the village’s historic preservation commission that they planned to demolish the house. Prior to demolition, Murco Recycling held an auction at the property. Jodi Murphy of Murco Recycling told Chicago Mag, “The kitchen has probably $60,000 worth of appliances that the last owners put in.” Architect H. Gary Frank designed the new house on the property. Unfortunately we couldn’t find many photos of the original house. You can see a selection of low quality images on Realtor.