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.
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During our visit to Marion, recently, we took a tour of the Williamson County Historical Society Jail Museum and Library. From the basement to the attics, every inch of the building is used to display interesting artifacts from a bygone era. I was also on the lookout for doors and there were several that caught my eye.
The museum is housed in the former Sheriff’s residence which was also the local jail (more of this in a future post) and not only can you see the original cells but also re-creations of a local bank, grocery store, doctor’s office and school room, amongst other things. As I said, they utilize every scrap of space and we were amazed at how much they had managed to cram into four floors. It was one of the most interesting historical museums that we have ever visited. After spending some time at the museum we drove on to Carbondale where we stopped at a gas station for a fill-up and I couldn’t resist getting a shot of some restaurant doors nearby.
Our reason for visiting Carbondale was to see the Jeremy Rochman Memorial Park, a father’s touching tribute to a 19-year-old son who was tragically killed in a car accident. Jeremy was a great fan of Dungeons and Dragons and the park is filled with characters from this popular game (the subject of another future post.)
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The first thing I thought of when we arrived in Marion, Illinois, was that I had to find doors. Not just any doors but ones that might make a good picture, so off we went to Tower Square Plaza to see what we could come up with. The Marion Cultural and Civic Center on Market Street looked like a good place to start. After a fire destroyed the former Civic Center in 1997, a new facility was erected in 2004, incorporating parts of the old building that had survived the fire. The ornate doorway was rather difficult to capture since it is so closely enclosed by the entryway but I gave it my best shot.
The red doors of the First United Methodist Church on Main Street really caught my eye.
The Marion Carnegie Library, made possible in part by an $18,000 grant from the Andrew Carnegie Foundation, was opened to the public in 1916. At that time it had 1,162 books and 680 borrowers.
Not nearly as grand are the green doors that can be found on the side of the old Post and Press building, built in 1907, that used to house The Marion Daily Republican newspaper.
After spending the morning looking around the downtown area in Marion, we went on to visit an interesting place called Mandala Gardens, more of which I’ll be featuring in an upcoming post.
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It’s good to see Norm back at Thursday Doors with lots of great pictures after his well-deserved vacation. Photogenic doors have been few and far between during my daily round, this year, but I did come across this colorful door in the Idea Garden at Cantigny Park in Wheaton the other day.
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Looking for something bright and cheerful on a cold winter’s day, I decided on these car doors for Norm’s Thursday Doors. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I’m no car expert but I do appreciate the colors and aesthetics of some of the vintage cars on display at various places such as our local Bluesmobile Cruise Night and Volo Auto Museum. For more on Thursday Doors go to https://miscellaneousmusingsofamiddleagedmind.wordpress.com/2017/02/09/thursday-doors-february-9-2017/
I had planned on using a different set of pictures for Thursday Doors this week, but after reading Norm’s thoughtful and moving post this morning they seemed much too frivolous. Instead I found a few images that I hope will convey my feelings. Wherever and however you choose to worship, may you find peace.
The BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir in Bartlett, Illinois.
The Assembly Hall on Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah.
St. Peters Church at Old World Wisconsin.
St. Joseph Cathedral in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
The Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, Missouri.
St Matthias Church in New Fane, Wisconsin.
The Baha’i House of Worship in Wilmette, Illinois.
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