Its meticulous restoration in the 1990s lends to its updated, modern feel, while remaining true to the home’s original beauty and integrity.
Nestled near the lake in Lake Bluff, the historic Carolyn Morse Ely House strikes a perfect balance between historic charm and modern comforts. Designed by David Adler and built in 1923, the home was inspired by 17th century architect Louis Le Vau’s work, which includes Versailles and the Louvre. Adler created the home as a French country estate, similar to those surrounding Versailles.
When Adler designed the home, he modeled it specifically after the Pavillon de la Lanterne at Versailles. “Lanterne” refers to a building one can see through, and this residence mirrors that concept. The rooms are well lit with natural sunlight, which filters in through the French doors.
From the arched windows and French wood paneled living room, to the antique wallpaper and original wall sconces and chandeliers, every aspect of the home exudes luxury. Adler’s signature shell and star motifs, as well as faux bois finishes, can also be found throughout the house. With five bedrooms, six full baths, and two half baths, the home’s spacious interior is a perfect complement to the manicured grounds.
Located on approximately six acres, the home features an expansive lawn to the west and a motor court with boxwood parterres and surrounding arbor vitae to the east. With two wooded ravines that open up to the lakeshore, the yard is a beautiful setting for entertaining and relaxing. The house’s buff brick exterior and textured roof set the stage for luxurious living at its finest.
This property is located at 111 Moffett Road in Lake Bluff. For more information, contact Jean Anderson, Prudential Rubloff Properties, at 847-460-5412 or [email protected]