Mellody Farm

Mellody Farm, Lake Forest, Illinois

Built 1910, for J. Ogden Armour (1863-1927) and his wife, Lola Sheldon (1869-1953). After Ogden's death, Lola commissioned David Adler to build her a new home, Suffield House. Mellody Farm cost $10 million to build and landscape, sitting on a 1,200-acre estate that encompassed two 10-acre lakes. It became famous for Mrs Armour's prize-winning roses and Ogden's equally successful thoroughbred horses. Today it makes up part of the campus of the Lake Forest Academy. 


Contributed by Mark Meredith on 27/09/2018 and last updated on 26/07/2019.
Mellody Farm, The Country Home of J. Ogden Armour, Lake Forest, Ill., by Peter B. Wright, 1916; Arthur Meeker, ; Coventry, Meyer, and Miller, Classic Country Estates of Lake Forest: Architecture and Landscape Design 1856-1940, 2003 


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