Historical Photo Guessing Game: Lake Forest Plot Is Meadowland Farm

Weekly photo celebrates Lake Forest's 150th anniversary.

Thanks to Lake Forest resident Carol Wolfson for this great photo of Meadowood Farm believed to be taken in the early 1930s.

Many of you guessed that correctly, and Gail Hodges was nice enough to forward a little more history on the land from the National Registery.

"In the early 1920s, Mr. Leonard purchased several parcels of land, accumulating more than 150 acres west of the intersection of Deerpath and Waukegan Roads (now the corner of Deerpath and Waukegan Roads). He commissioned a noted architect, Ralph W. Varney and an equally well-known landscape architect, Jens Jensen, to design and build his dream farm and country place.

While on a trip in the French countryside, Mr. Leonard had fallen in love with the farm buildings of Normandy. When Mr. Varney received his commission, he used this same form of architecture for the main house, dairy barn, carriage barn and pony shed, milk house with testing barn and offices, chicken house, and three cottages for the farm staff.

Mr. Jensen’s plans envisioned a truly magnificent gentleman’s farm. Found on his original hand-done color drawings are fields, a lake, a campfire site, bird feeding tables, bird bath, bird house, players hill, players ring, tennis court, lanes, water pool, flower gardens, roses, vegetable and small fruit garden, orchard and an allee of trees leading to the manor house.

The stone gate at the Waukegan Road entrance is still standing. With the exception of the main house that was never built, the farm buildings were constructed from 1923-1926. In 1928-1930, Meadowood Farm supplied pure milk and fresh eggs to the community."

Thanks again for everyone's comments. Keep them coming.

If you have a historical photo that you would like to submit, e-mail the editor at james.powers@patch.com.

Pauline Mohr August 21, 2011 at 03:40 PM
That should be Arthur Meeker
Gail Hodges August 21, 2011 at 06:12 PM
This is the Clifford Milton Leonard Farm, also called "Meadowood Dairy" or "Meadowood Farm." The existing farm buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and are unique in our community.
Paul Bergmann August 21, 2011 at 08:31 PM
This is Meadowood Farm, west of Waukegan Road--then known as Telegraph Road, and north of Deerpath. The photo is from the promotional book for Deerpath Hill Estates--now know as King Muir Road (north and south of Deerpath). The promotional book contains many photos of the west Dererpath area circa 1927--29. Deerpath Hill Estates was designed by Stanley D. Anderson & developed by Henry Turnbull. Turnbull and the development went bankrupt in 1931.
Bob Craig January 11, 2012 at 06:36 PM
Moved to Meadowood on West Deerpath late in 1954. My dad built 4 homes on lots purchased from Clifford Leonard. What a fabulous place to grow up, where kids and dogs roamed free! Playing in the old barns unforgettable. Thank you for the rare photo, and article. Bob Craig, Vero Beach, Florida
Virginia Leonard Barnette November 29, 2012 at 02:54 AM
Clifford Leonard was my grandfather, so I would love to get a copy of this picture. Does anyone have any ideas on how I could do so? Ginny Leonard Barnette


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