And so it goes. Again. It was with great interest that I read this article in Gazebo News on Sunday indicating the Lake Bluff's Stonebridge has a new owner in SunCal; taking over from Stonebridge Lake Bluff, LLC. This is indeed interesting when one takes a look at a typical SunCal development:
Stonebridge was built in 1916 for William V. Kelley at 136 Green Bay Road (W. side of Green Bay Rd. at Witchwood) in Lake Bluff. The architect was Howard Van Doren Shaw, with Jens Jensen on board as the landscape architect.
Villa Turicum) to the boundary of Lake Forest/Lake Bluff.
Knollwood Farm, south to the estate of Darius Miller in Lake Forest and east to and partially across Green Bay Road. Originally 130 acres, Stonebridge as it stands now is approximately 47 acres.
An aerial view of Stonebridge, with the quadrangle of the estate house and it's 1955 additions visible south of Witchwood Lane. (The estate of William's son; Phelps Kelly is also visible south of the property.)Stonebridge has seen many incarnations. It was the Harrison Conference Center until 2006. Previously, it was owned by the Servite Order of the Catholic Church. (A fairly large dormitory space and chapel were added to the main house in 1955.) I've read Rick Lesser's article which states that the manor house and the gate house have sat without heat in the winter, nor air conditioning in the summer for many years now; with the property being in foreclosure. This will ring all too familiar to my Villa Turicum followers, no?
occurred with regard to Villa Turicum fifty years ago. Have we learned nothing? Or have we simply forgotten?
SunCal's resume of work, not to mention a history financial woes I have to say I am stunned and distressed for the fate of Stonebridge. I read that perhaps the gate house is beyond repair and I hear about grand plans that never materialize - as an historic and architecturally relevant address falls into ruin. I can only hope that in this instance the fate will be different than that of Villa Turicum.