Crabtree - Four Winds - Glen Rowan June 20TH


$70 Members $80 Non-Members
Bus leaves promptly at 8:30am from Prairie Ave. Bookstore

SAHCC will explore an impeccably restored, model dairy in Lake Bluff that houses a world renowned collection of Arts & Crafts, and Guild furniture, decorative and fine arts then it’s off to Glen Rowan for lunch and finally a tour of the House of the Four Winds.

Crab Tree Farm was designed in 1910 for Grace Durand by noted Chicago architect Solon Spencer Beman (1853–1914), who is perhaps best known for Pullman Village.

Grace Durand attending to her "model dairy" at Crab Tree Farm
(chm -daily news collection)

Over the last two decades, in addition to a spectacular restoration of the structures - the current owner has assembled what is among the world’s finest collections of American and British decorative art from the period 1880 – 1910. Holdings include major groups of Stickley furniture (including the majority of signed Harvey Ellis pieces). Other artists and manufacturers include Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Archibald Knox, William Morris, Teco, Mondrian, Liberty…and much more all curated in exquisite room settings.

Glen Rowan - Lake Forest College
The Glen Rowan Estate (Van Doren Shaw, 1910) is an ideal place for lunch.
According to our host Art Miller, “Glen Rowan, as well preserved as almost any Lake Forest Shaw house today, remains a felicitous evocation of the Edwardian/Chicago Renaissance ideals of orderly, art-inspired living.”
The estate is operated by Lake Forest College. We are grateful for their hospitality and partnership.

We will complete our day at the House of the Four Winds (Van Doren Shaw, 1909) where our hosts, SAH Chicago Chapter members Bill and Lyn Redfield will be available to describe the odyssey represented by their painstaking and sensitive restoration. It’s hard to believe that this magnificent estate was once destined for the wrecking ball! Over the last few decades the Redfields have nurtured the structure and gardens back to their former glory.

House of the Four Winds Garden Circa 1930

Additional Information:

Crab Tree Farm

House of the Four Winds (Great Article)