Highland Park house built by Edith Rockefeller McCormick sold

McCormick was an influential woman for her time, according to the 2020 biography, “Edith: the thief Rockefeller McCormick,” by Andrea Friederici Ross. Not only did she endowed Brookfield Zoo, but as Friederici Ross puts it on its website, “She worked with Carl Jung. She supported James Joyce as he wrote ‘Ulysses’, she ate from Napoleon’s plates and wore Catherine the Great’s pearls (and) she helped fight scarlet fever.

With his support, Krenn and Dato built 3300 N. Lake Shore Drive and purchased thousands of acres of land along Chicago area railroads, planning developments. Near Racine, they purchased 1,800 acres where they planned to build an ideal lakeside community called Edithton Beach.

The Hill Street home in Highland Park has long been described as McCormick’s summer cottage, according to Plenner and Simone. The biographer said in an email that is unlikely. McCormick owned a large lakeside estate, Villa Turicum, two miles away in Lake Forest, built before her divorce from Harold McCormick. She also had a mansion on Lake Shore Drive and “was reluctant to sleep anywhere other than her home,” Ross said in her email.

“I believe this misconception comes from a Chicago Tribune article decades ago,” Ross said. He pointed to the house across the street, a large Tudor also built by Krenn and Dato, and “called it a ‘love nest’ for Edith and her friend, Edwin Krenn. But given that Edwin lived at the Drake (hotel), right across from Edith’s house, that doesn’t make sense.

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