Derby house a welcome addition in Lake Forest
Susan Banks and Joy Murawski, both of Lake Forest. | Photo by Tricia Sweet ~ For Sun-Times Media
Updated: September 20, 2012 4:41PM
In architecture, the word “folly” does not denote foolishness as it does in everyday life. Instead, it refers to a “whimsical or extravagant structure built to serve as a conversation piece.”
There was plenty to talk about as Lake Forest Preservation Foundation members and others enjoyed the “Garden Folly Wine Stroll,” where they explored the 1793 replica of Samuel McIntyre’s Derby summerhouse at 788 E. Woodland during the evening of Aug. 24.
The 2012 Preservation Award recipient drew dozens of visitors who sipped wine and ate appetizers at the home of Peggy and John Crowe. Completed last year, the structure—designed by the architectural firm of Liederbach and Graham and set to oversee the garden pool—is “a beautiful re-creation of the classic garden pavilion, worthy of comparison with the best on its scale in England or France,” according to Art Miller, Lake Forest Preservation Foundation board member. “This folly is a terrific addition to the community.”
Lake Forest Preservation Foundation President Suzanne Boren said, “This award recipient could not be more perfect. It is a generous and wonderful enhancement to our Lake Forest Historic District, perfectly reflecting its visual character.”
The two-story, white building, graced with urns on its roof and shutters by second-floor windows, is the only replica of Derby’s summerhouse in the Midwest. However, another one sits in Newport, R.I., at the 1910 summer home of Derby’s great, great-granddaughter.
The Lake Forest Preservation Foundation is set to host a Lake Road Estates Home Tour on Sept. 30. Check www.LFPF.org for more information.~ .