24 May, 2013

Four Elms

"As one turns into the grounds from the highway the house is to be seen terminating a broad drive. This drive divides as the house is approached, making a splendid Lawn before the entrance.

One does not realize that they are in such close proximity to the lake as they approach the house through the wooded drive. It is not until the house is entered, and passed through, that the wonderful glimpse of the water comes to one as a complete surprise. Upon a sunny day it is hard to believe you are not sojourning in Italy itself with the blue waters of the Mediterranean sea at your feet."

(The Architectural Record
March, 1912
The Renaissance Villa of Italy Developed Into a Complete Residential Type for Use in America
The House of Harold F. McCormick, ESQ. at Lake Forest, ILL. Charles A. Platt, Architect)

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