Hello - Does your family truly still own this house. If so, I would very much like to talk to you. I am an historian and am very interested in older homes and their history.
Please contact me at Loreleed@yahoo.com. I look forward to hearing from you.
i know someone who is friends with, it is a great big clump of money , and nothing else. it is a story now about how people believe that furnishings make you better, they don't. this story is a great example of gross endulgence.
who cares if it looks like a furniture store?
maybe , they can place a 'going out of ' sign in the window.
i think it is sad, the whole story, then and now. The only thing spooky is the way
people get caught up in others lives.
I have stayed as a guest in the house when H. Hoeper owned the house and have been in about 30% of the main house. The first floor, and some of the second floor. The estate at that time about 1989-91 was fully gated and around 10 acres. Has a large carrage house which had not been restored at that time and was used for storage. also just behind the coach house was a very large green house. The swimming pool is the most amazing I have ever seen, and blended into the woods on the property perfect. The rock cliff diving board is fantastic. The whole East side of the property overlooks Lake Michigan on a large bluff. The his and hers bath houses were restored in gleeming tile work. North of the pool had a nice walking path down to the lake.
I was told about the lore of the strange beliefs that Charles Schweppe (original owner who killed himself in the library as I was told) had. I was told that he was a very firm beliver in reincarnation. I was also told that for many years meals were still served in the dining room, and the home was heated for all 46 years it had stood unoccupied. Also I was told there was an accident in the elevator in which a young servant girl had died. Many people I know always felt the house to be a very cold creepy house, but I never felt anything strange. Just a big and impressive home from a bygone era.
On the brighter side of history the Duke an Dutchess of Windsor did dance in the ball room and stayed as a guest of the Schweppes. (Charles Schweppe and Laura Shedd) Laura Shedd is the daughter of John G. Shedd as in Shedd Aquarium Chicago.
Also the interior layout of the home was changed after Mr. Hoeper bought it with his wife Donna. The original layout was 20 bedrooms and 18 baths. The home was reconfigured to 10 bedrooms and 14 baths.
The property also has past before it was the schweppe property, it was the Blair Lodge, and before that was the Lake Forest Hotel. Which burned to the ground.