A Renowned Chicago Mansion
LAKE FOREST, Illinois
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8 bed/9.4 bath
'The Schweppe Estate' on the Lake. Restored to perfection in the '80s by 70 craftsmen from Bavarian Artists to Italian Stonecrafters. Marble Fireplaces. Limestone molding and plaster relief ceilings. Exquisite Library. Ample space. Once this estate hosted famous guests including the Heirs to the crown of Sweden & the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.
View, on Lake Michigan, landmark property, marble fireplaces, library, billiard room.
WHAT MAKES THIS A BUNGALUX
You think that guy you dated had a past? Wait 'til you hear about this one ...
- • What provenance: The 27-room mansion was completed in 1915 as a wedding gift from John G. Shedd, then the president of Marshall Field & Co., to his daughter, Laura, newly married to Charles Schweppe.
- • Legend says that Laura Shedd Schweppe hosted a crown prince and princess of Sweden, who danced on the eastern terrace. Edward, Duke of Windsor slept in a bedroom on the western end of the home’s second floor with Wallis Simpson (for whom he abdicated the British throne in 1936).
- • The house stayed vacant for almost fifty years after Charles Schweppe committed suicide in the house (after the death of his wife). In the 1980's, 70 craftsmen were hired to brilliantly renovate the house to its current glory.
- • We love billiards rooms, and happen to think this is one of the prettiest we've seen.
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AGENT / FIRM
Houda Chedid, Coldwell Banker