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This stunning Georgian style lakefront estate is considered by many to be the most beautiful estate on Lake Geneva. It was originally constructed in 1906 for Norman W. Harris of the Harris Trust and Savings Bank The spectacular landscaping was done by the Olmsted Brothers, who inherited the nations first architectural landscape company from their father Frederick Law Olmsted. Frederick is considered by many to be one of the greatest landscape designers in history. Some of his projects include: Central Park, the Capitol Grounds in Washington D.C., and the setting of the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago.

In 1920, this amazing estate was purchased by Walden W. Shaw, famous for starting the Yellow Taxi Cab Company in Chicago, and renamed The Shenning. By the 1930’s, this historic lakefront property was owned by Shaw’s son-in-law, Daniel F. Peterkin, Jr., who was President of the Morton Salt Company. The Shaw-Peterkin family owned the estate for nearly 80 years before it was sold to investment manager Richard Driehaus.

Mr. Driehaus had the property completely restored in 1999, and it is now officially named Glenworth Gardens. You may hear many locals refer to it as the Driehaus Estate. Richard is rumored to be one of the nicest guys in Lake Geneva. A true philanthropist at heart, he regularly lets various charities use the estate for fundraisers and various social events.

Every year, in late July, Mr. Driehaus throws an amazing theme party, which includes an incredible fireworks show that the entire community gets to enjoy. He recently donated the fountain in front of the Riviera. Lake Geneva is blessed to have a man of this caliber among its residents.

Interesting Note: The Peterkin Family worked with the Lake Geneva Conservancy to place deed restrictions on the property that would prevent future owners from subdividing the property.
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lyndee

You're welcome Cathy
Pretty nice huh Brie???

Brie1648

GOSH! that's a cross between the White House and Buckingham Palace!

cevas

Janet described it beautifully ... majestic and grand.
Thanks for the photo and info Lyndee!!

lyndee

Tee hee...it wouldn't be hard Toto.

Toto

Oh my, Lyndee. I love my home but I could sure grow to love this little place.

lyndee

Doing the winter Lunie, just move in. They're gone and won't even know you're there!!!!! :)))

Dilubreuer

This could be mine...love this! But how?

lyndee

Thanks Janet for enjoying my boat ride with me. Houses are always fun to look at!

jan42ful

Very majestic and grand, thanks Lyndee. Four stunning houses for us today. Hugs.

lyndee

One more "Wow" Floyd!!!!

Gladstone

Wow! Wow! Wow!
Nuff said.

lyndee

I guess "Wow" pretty much says it all on this one! Thanks for stopping by!

SunnyBarb25

Wow!

pumpkinhead

Beyond any words!

Beekay

That's a major WOW!!! A person could get lost in this one!

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