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Mayslake Peabody Estate, Oak Brook

Categories: Architectural Buildings, Tourist Spots
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4.8/5 based on 25+ reviews on the web
Mayslake Hall was built between 1919 and 1921 as the retirement home for Francis Stuyvesant Peabody, one of the nation’s largest coal producers. He was a national figure in Democratic politics, an avid sportsman, and a collector of original Robert Louis Stevenson manuscripts.

The mansion's architect, Benjamin H. Marshall, was acclaimed for his historical revival designs and for establishing an unmatched standard of excellence for Chicago’s most elegant apartment buildings and hotels, including the Drake, Blackstone, and Edgewater Beach.

The house is an outstanding example of Tudor Revival architecture and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It stands as a rare surviving example of the magnificent country houses built in DuPage County during the period known as the American Gilded Age (1880-1920)

Today, the estate is one of the education centers of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County. It is home to theatre and music performances, educational programs for all ages, lectures, tours, and a variety of special events. Mayslake Hall is also undergoing historic restoration with the ultimate goal of reviving its original grand condition. Docent-guided restoration in progress tours are available every Wednesday and Saturday morning throughout most of the year. Call 630-206-9566 for more details.

The surrounding Mayslake Forest Preserve encompasses 87 acres, including trails that meander past lakes and wetlands and through sections of restored prairie and a rare white oak savannah. The preserve also feetures a 4 acre off-leash dog park. Standing opposite of Mayslake Hall is the Portiuncula chapel, which is a replica of the Chapel of St. Francis of Assisi in Italy. Besides serving as another point of architectural interest, the chapel hosts a variety of weddings, baptisms, memorial services, and other events throughout the year.
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  • The tour of the estate is an interesting 75 minutes led by a docent. Our guide was Cuzette (sp?) who was very knowledgeable and patient with our questions. The history of the grounds and how the final...  read more »
  • We were staying at a resort in the area July 4th weekend and decided to visit the Mayslake Estate Great decision. It was beautiful Sat afternoon and we had a personal tour with Sue and she was excelle...  read more »
  • The grounds around this home are beautiful with a private lake. The docents were very helpful as we walked around the mansion to see the rooms. At this time renovation is taking place inside. 
  • During the early 20th century, miners for Peabody coal faced some of the deadliest work places in America while struggling to survive on poverty wages. Peabody Coal fought many attempts to raise wages and enforce safety measures that could save lives. This mansion shows us why Peabody Coal couldn't afford to treat miners like human beings. Their suffering was needed to fund the absurdly opulent lifestyle of the Peabody family and their investors. The cost of saving lives or sparing communities from deadly pollution might have prevented the Peabody's from buying a few extra acres or rooms for their estate. The DuPage park district does a good job preserving this beautiful yet grotesque monument to excessive wealth cruelly earned through the suffering of others.
  • This is a beautiful estate. The history of the Peabody Estate and the land is fascinating. The tour is exceptional. Also you get to see first hand the wonderful effort that they are doing to restore this grand home. This is a must see.
  • This Estate is amazing with a lot of history. It is beautiful inside and out.
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