Tour Historic Artist Retreat This Summer

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WHAT: Ragdale, the nationally acclaimed artist retreat located in Lake Forest, offers monthly, docent-led tours from June – September for individuals and small groups. Groups of 10 or more can also schedule tours throughout the summer with advance reservations. Located on the former country estate of Arts and Crafts architect Howard Van Doren Shaw, a Ragdale tour includes:  the recently restored, historic Ragdale House, visual artist studios, exquisite gardens, an introduction to the Shaw family history and the artist-in-residency program that accommodates over 200 artists/year. 

WHEN: Thursdays at 10am on the following dates: June 21, July 26, August 23 and September 20.  Tours last approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.
WHERE: The Ragdale Foundation
1230 N. Green Bay Road, Lake Forest
Meet on the front porch of the Ragdale House.  Limited parking available.

WHY: These public tours are rare opportunities to see behind-the-scenes at an artists’ residency, typically closed to the public.  Visitors can experience the magic of this 5-acre  site which includes two historic homes, several artist studios, gardens, and vistas of 50 acres of virgin prairie. The Ragdale House, originally built in 1897, in the Arts and Crafts tradition, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It re-opened in June, 2012 after undergoing a one-year, $3.2 million restoration to return it to its 1926 splendor.

HOW: Advance reservations are recommended for individuals and small groups and required for groups of 10 or more.  Please call 847/234-1063 or email Cynthia Quick, Director of Communications and Program at c.quick@ragdale.org or visit the website www.ragdale.org
ADMISSION: $10/person
       Free to Lake Forest residents

Ragdale is a non-profit artist residency program, located in Arts and Crafts architect Howard Van Doren Shaw’s Lake Forest country estate.  Built in 1897, the Ragdale House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  In 1976, Shaw’s granddaughter Alice Judson Hayes transformed the family’s summer home into an artists-in-residence program.  Today Ragdale hosts up to 200 artists, writers, and composers each year, making it one of the largest interdisciplinary artists’ communities in the country.  Noted past residents include: Audrey Niffenegger (The Time Traveller’s Wife), Heidi Durrow (The Girl Who Fell from the Sky), Alex Kotlowitz (There Are No Children Here), and Nancy Horan (Loving Frank: A Novel).  For more information, visit www.ragdale.org.


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