I’ve missed one or two of these Lens-Artists Challenges recently so I’m making up for lost time with this one. Amy has chosen A Window With A View as the topic this week and here is my take on the subject. The first picture is a view of Millennium Park from The Chicago Art Institute. The second was taken at the Cuneo Mansion in Vernon Hills where there was a lovely view of the surrounding gardens from one of my favorite rooms there.
The next view, of the waterfront on Mackinac Island, was taken from a window high up on a hill at Fort Mackinac.
The next two pictures were taken at the Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oakbrook, Illinois. Two totally different views from the same room, one of the gardens and the other of the house. I believe this room was built as a sun or fresh air room which was supposed to be beneficial to the occupant’s health. If I remember rightly, there were windows like this on three sides of the room.
The next image was captured at the Capitol Building in St Paul, Minnesota. A window within a window overlooking the Capitol Grounds.
One of the biggest reasons for our travels has been to visit our children. For a while our youngest daughter and her family lived in a condo that had a very nice view of McGovern Centennial Gardens in Houston, Texas. Before that, they lived in Salt Lake City, Utah where we visited the Natural History Museum that had a window where the view was almost the same looking in as it was looking out.
Climbing up the steps of one of the towers at Holy Hill Basilica provided a great view of an adjacent spire. Also in Wisconsin, this time at the Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay, there was a colorful view from one of the windows of the John Purves tugboat.
Mayslake Hall, part of the Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook, Illinois, was built in 1919 for coal magnate Francis Stuyvesant Peabody. This Tudor Revival style mansion is open for tours during ongoing restoration work and it’s interesting to see just how it’s coming along. Naturally, I paid particular attention to the doors and there were quite a few that were decorative as well as functional. The woodwork in the library is particularly impressive.
The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County now owns the estate and several of the rooms are used for programs, art exhibitions and wedding receptions.
Apparently the Peabody family were very health conscious and had a sleeping porch built that allowed for plenty of fresh air. There was more than a touch of irony when Francis Peabody died of a heart attack less than a year after they moved into the house.
Strangely enough, the plainest door in the building has the most interesting history attached to it. Because of the unrest between coal miners, the unions and the coal mine owners, it is thought that Peabody may have had this hidden door installed in his private study as a means of escape in case of trouble. It opens onto a flight of steps that lead down to the first floor and out of the house. There were even rumors that an underground tunnel existed, although so far they have been unable to find it. It would seem that Peabody had the right idea, however, as it was in 1922, not long after the mansion was completed, that the Herrin Massacre, a bloody fight between striking miners and non-union workers, occurred in downstate Illinois.
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The Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook provided some excellent opportunities for photographing doors, both inside and out. In fact I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many different styles in one building before. Mayslake Hall is in the process of being restored and up until now our only view of its doors has been from the outside. The architecture is called Tudor Revival and if you look carefully you will see a representation of the Tudor Rose in a couple of these images.
Mayslake was built for Francis Stuyvesant Peabody in 1919 but he only got to live here for little more than a year when he died of a heart attack while out riding. His family didn’t want to remain at the residence and eventually sold it to the Franciscan Province of the Sacred Heart who used the mansion as a retreat house. The estate now belongs to the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County.
Stay tuned for more on the inside doors of Mayslake in next week’s Thursday Doors.
For more on Norm’s Thursday Doors go to Thursday Doors – November 2, 2017