June 2, 2017

Preservation Personals: Illinois Estate Seeks Golf Pro

  • By: Jared Foretek

If golf’s the game, then Ballyshear is the name. That’s what they call me, an 1897 estate built for Charles Blair MacDonald, the golf course architect credited with bringing the gentleman’s game to the United States. With the magnificent Chicago Golf Course, which MacDonald founded nearby, living here will get you playing like Palmer in no time.

Everything’s been cared for and updated, so the Colonial exterior is as white as a fresh ball. I’ve got over 6,000 square feet, spacious enough for even a large family. On the main floor you’ll find the living room, library, and study, as well as a lovely screened porch to enjoy in the lush landscape.

The beautiful wooden staircase curves—or slices—upstairs, where the five roomy bedrooms are. There’s plenty to like about the inside, where artful detail is par for the course, but out on the two-acre lot is where the real fun is.

Not a golfer? No problem. Work on your backhand out on the tennis court, which can easily be converted to an ice rink in the winter. After working up a sweat you can cool off in the in-ground pool and have a drink on the deck. It’s like having your own private country club, and one of those is just a chip shot away!

Historic Wheaton is lovely and only 30 miles from Chicago. There’s plenty to see, so check out more here.

Illinois Colonial Exterior

photo by: Pattie Murray

Wheaton, Illinois 60187.

Illinois Colonial Foyer

photo by: Pattie Murray

The foyer features my beautiful curved staircase.

Illinois Colonial family room

photo by: Pattie Murray

The living room has one of my two wood-burning fireplaces.

Jared Foretek is an editorial intern at the National Trust. He enjoys historic train stations, old bars, and interesting public spaces.


URGENT: Contact your Senators asking them to pass the Route 66 National Historic Trail Designation Act before 2019!

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