Of all of the Howard Van Doren Shaw mansions throughout the North Shore, this particular home is one of the architect's most spectacular. It was originally built in 1909 as the summer retreat for the industrialist Hugh McBirney and features 8,000 square feet of living space and a nearly-two acre lot with landscaped gardens. Known as the House of Four Winds, the mansion has been on and off the market for the last several years, initially listing in 2011 at a staggering $5.995 million. The home hasn't gotten any action however, and has taken yet another price drop. Last September the mansion returned at a lower $4.4 million ask, but today it is now seeking $3.75 million. That's nearly $2.25 million off from when it first entered the market.
·81 West Laurel Avenue, Lake Forest, IL [Estately]
·Van Doren Shaw's 'House of the Four Winds' Relists at $4.4M [Curbed Chicago]
·Howard Van Doren Shaw archives [Curbed Chicago]