1 folder+ 1 35 mm. slide (photograph); 8 lantern slides
Mixed archival materials
United States of America, Illinois, Lake County, Lake Forest
Walden (Lake Forest, Illinois)
Dating to the late 19th century, Walden was the estate of Cyrus H. McCormick and his wife Harriet Hammond McCormick. Inspired by Henry David Thoreau's Walden, its namesake was a center for the reform-era initiatives of its owners. Not the least was Harriet's interest in promoting calming natural surroundings and gardens (she was one of the founders of both the Lake Forest Garden Club and the Garden Club of America). Design work for the grounds, which included extensive woodlands, a ravine, bluffs overlooking Lake Michigan, and a working farm, was primarily the responsibility of Warren H. Manning, while over the years other contributions were made by such designers as Louise Shelton and Ralph E. Griswold. The house, which has been demolished, was designed in 1896 by Jarvis Hunt, with subsequent remodellings by Hugh Mackie Gordon Garden, Charles Allerton Coolidge, and Russell S. Walcott. The entire estate was subdivided after World War II, although isolated elements remain.
An aerial view of the estate and its neighbor, Villa Turicum (IL079), may be found at www.villaturicum.com.
Persons associated with the property include Cyrus H. (Cyrus Hall) McCormick and Harriet Hammond McCormick (former owners, ca. 1895-1936); Warren H. Manning (landscape architect, ca. 1895); Louise Shelton (landscape architect), Ralph E. Griswold (landscape architect); Jarvis Hunt (architect, 1896); Hugh Mackie Gordon Garden (architect); Charles Allerton Coolidge (architect); and Russell S. Walcott (architect).
The folder includes worksheets, photocopies and printouts of information about the site, and additional information.