For Sale: The Morton Salt Mansion

Few food ingredients could be more necessary than salt and Joy Sterling Morton, owner of the Morton Salt and Argo Starch brands, was a man with good instincts who was successful in several diverse ventures.  Morton cared about the future of Chicago and devoted equal time to volunteering his time to ensure its prosperity.  Another important contribution was his Morton Arboretum that he established in 1922 adjacent to his estate in Lisle, Illinois, which has grown from his original 178 acres to 1,700 acres.  It also houses a vast horticultural library containing many British volumes and his own personal library.  When Joy Morton died in 1934, his daughter, Jean Morton Cudahy, became Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Arboretum.  As an heir to the family fortune, which she shared with her brother, this elegant Lake Forest estate was built for Jean and her husband in 1914 and is now for sale.

Located in a bedroom community north of downtown Chicago and designed by the famous architect David Adler, this private, gated mansion nestled on two acres measures 10,386 square feet and includes nine bedrooms and eleven baths.  Exceptional craftsmanship details are seen in the original detailed millwork, inlaid and parquet floors and the high quality of construction flows through the entire mansion.  Updates such as the kitchen with its cherry cabinetry and marble baths with gold fixtures are two such examples.  Also included are the formal rooms with large windows and tall ceilings, multiple fireplaces, dark wood-clad bar room and lounge, paneled library, large butler’s pantry, large bedrooms with seating areas and five with ensuite baths. Grounds include mature professional landscaping, pool, spa, tennis court and terraces for entertaining.  John O’Neill of CONLON/Christie’s International Real Estate has the listing.  Priced at $4.9 million. Find this and other luxury properties at