LAKE BLUFF – An exceptional opportunity to visit the main rooms of the historic Tangley Oaks estate home, six fabulous homes in full holiday décor, and two spectacular holiday boutiques are featured on Lake Bluff History Museum’s popular Christmas Home Tour Saturday December 2 from 1-4 pm.
The homes presented on the 2017 Lake Bluff History Museum Christmas House tour represent an historic and architectural cross section of the village. From one of the most magnificent mansions in America to a modest mid-century house, and including an early 20th century home, two homes built within the last twenty-five years and two attached dwelling homes designed primarily for empty nesters, this lovely selection of homes reflects the current physical profile of Lake Bluff.
The Tangley Oaks property was purchased by Philip D. Armour III, grandson of the founder of the meat packing mogul, and his wife Gwendolen in 1916. Upon purchase, the property consisted of 161 acres on which they planned to build their summer home. The Armours hired the American Master of Tudor Gothic architecture, Harrie T. Lindeberg, known on Chicago’s North Shore for building the Tudor Gothic Onwentsia Club and the Lake Forest Academy. A fine example of Tudor-inspired architecture, this 26,000-square foot home consisted of 61 rooms with 16 bathrooms and a staff of 26 servants. The building was completed in 1932.
In 1953, the Armours sold the property to book publisher United Educators, and it became the company headquarters. In 1978, all but the home and approximately six acres, was sold to a development company. The Terlato family purchased Tangley Oaks in 1995 as headquarters for Terlato Wine Group because it evokes European stateliness. They immediately embarked on a two year restoration of the building, which included restoring Tangley Oaks to its original graciousness, while still allowing a modern day business to function, grow, and prosper within its walls. T
he culmination of this restoration project was the placement of this home on the National Register of Historic Places in 1996.
Participants on the Christmas Home Tour are provided a rare opportunity to learn the history of this estate and see many of the beautifully restored rooms. Employees of Terlato will be onsite to discuss the history of the mansion and introduce special features of the home.
The six tour homes decorated to reflect their owner’s unique taste and style include: an early 1900s home with a recent addition seamlessly integrated with the style and façade of the original home, a mid-century traditional home whose owner’s inspiration and interpretation make this home a hallmark for today’s creative living, two newer homes – a lovely center gable house and classic farmhouse style – that blend traditional on the outside with interiors matched to today’s lifestyle and two Armour Woods homes that reflect the personalities and taste of their owners who love decorating and entertaining.
Two holiday boutiques complement the tour and offer a wide selection of merchandise to jump start holiday shopping. Both feature a diverse, curated collection to appeal to a variety of tastes: one-of-a-kind jewelry, vintage creations, hats, cookies, florals, gourmet items and much, much more!
Tickets to the Christmas Home Tour are $50 and can be purchased online at lakebluffhistory.org or in the museum during regular hours: Tues/Thurs 1-4 pm and Sat. 10 am-1 pm. This event is a key fundraiser for the museum, a volunteer-run non-profit organization that brings Lake Bluff history to life. The museum thanks its many sponsors, local businesses whose support for this event contributes greatly to its success.
Tours start at the museum, located at 127 E. Scranton Avenue in Lake Bluff, between 11 am and 3 pm. Participants are provided a guide and the information needed to start the self-guided tour. For additional information, visit lakebluffhistory.org, call 847 482-1571 or e-mail [email protected]
Submitted by the Lake Bluff History Museum