Noble Brandon Judah Manor House Estate
History of the Noble Brandon Judah Manor House Estate
Noble Judah was a prominent Chicago lawyer and a member of the Illinois State House of Representatives from 1911-12. He was also a soldier during WWI, a bank director and the U.S. Ambassador to Cuba from 1927-29.
In 1917, Judah married Dorothy Patterson, the heiress of the National Cash Register Co. fortune.
View the newspaper article about their wedding on Chicago Real Estate Forum. The couple divorced in 1933.
The Noble Brandon Judah Estate was designed by architect Philip Lippincott Goodwin and built between 1925 and 1928.
The 25-room, 13,000-square-foot home has six bedrooms, nine full and two half bathrooms, an original indoor pool, eight fireplaces, pecan wood paneling, Parquet de Versaille floors, two kitchens, a library, and a second-floor game room.
The French Norman Style mansion includes a gorgeous 17th century landscape design, a cobbled walled entry courtyard and a grass tennis court.
Noble Judah Estate was featured on the cover of the Preservation Foundation Guide to National Register Properties: Lake Forest, Illinois in 1991 and 1994.
According to Lake Forest College, "Edward Arpee's 1963 centennial history of Lake Forest details the imperial scale and impulse of the house's building. It had cost $1.5 million and "contained thirty-one rooms, transplanted piece by piece, from show places of former [pre- World-War-I-devastation] years in France.... The gates were brought from Cuba on a special ship. The cobblestone courtyard was brought from France...." In these best of Chicago years between the wars the Noble Judah house took shape. According to the Preservation Foundation Guide, too, the design of the house was thought to derive from one in Dive-sur-Mer, Normandy. Normandy, of course, was the cradle of the English aristocracy and many English families to which elite Chicagoans could trace their ancestry rooted their origins in the exploits of William of Normandy and the invasion of 1066."
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