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"Westmore" the Lewis Moore Place (Joliet, Illinois) 1927
"Westmore" the Lewis Moore Place (Joliet, Illinois) 1927
Title"Westmore" the Lewis Moore Place (Joliet, Illinois) 1927
CreatorAdele Fay Williams
Date of the DrawingJuly 31, 1927
DescriptionDrawing by Adele Fay Williams of the Lewis Moore home and lawn on Western Ave in Joliet. Contains a large Elm tree that stands 75 feet high and is 150 years old - Donated by Katherine Woodruff Barnes
Title of ArticleDignity and beauty abound at Westmore : charming aspects of nature used boldly and discreetly at Moore home.
Date of ArticleNo date
Transcript of the ArticleBeauty as well as dignity is the characteristic of Westmore, the home of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Moore, at the west end of Western avenue. Gardens there are in this extraordinary beautiful place, but the gardens, interesting as they are, do not bulk over other things in the impression created at the first glance. The gardens, of course, serve to create an "atmosphere", a genial something in the way of color, flowers and birds, all the fluttering delights that nature an add to the handiwork of man. All these charming aspects of nature are there to be used, and used they are, wisely and well. Besides they are used boldly, and at the same time discreetly, a rare combination. Witness, for instance, the various charming details that unfold as you enter the winding drive from the front. One by one, the portico, the porte cochere, the windows, walks, bushes and vine covered porches dawn upon the eye from different angles. But it would be difficult to judge, merely from the point of view of beauty, which was most important. Even Mrs. Moore, the chatelaine of the place, when she was asked, couldn't quite decide which was the utilitarian "back yard". However, as there is a picturesque as well as a roomy garage at one side, the abode of Charles, an important factotum, and as there is a green lawn just by, where the whitest of white things sometimes flag brilliantly in the sunlight, it might be conceded that here is the best place. But all is planned so intelligently, with a view to proper balance and effect, that the artistic combination is completely satisfying and delightful.

Long Arbored Lane.

And you who, perchance, wander happily thru sun flecked areas under these magnificent trees, may vision a long, little lane, arbored and hedged, bordered with flowers, overhung with fruit trees, and full of birds. And how the birds do sing in this happy sanctuary! There is a flower garden and farther over, a vegetable garden. But you scarcely can bring yourself to follow the lane to its ultimate of green shade. For on your left, as you face the south, is a marvelous elm tree, the largest you ever have seen, perhaps. And you walk out, past the elm, to get a better look and behold, you are transfixed! For here is a large green lawn, comprising several acres, surrounded by trees and bushes, and here, moreover, is such a view of the house, the protecting big elm, at the rear, the friendly green maple at the front -if iti s the front, with the south aspect of the mansion peeping thru, that you never could have imaged it, from the driveways!

Value of Space Recognized.

It is rare to see the value of space recognized as an essential part of beauty. And every beautiful thing is made more beautiful by reason of the space given as its setting. The house is a beautiful and dignified type of English country house. Altho it was built not more than 22 years ago, it looks as if it might have grown there, so well fitted it seems to every detail of its surroundings. Charles E. Birge, of New York, was the architect of this superb and massive dwelling which is at once a comfortable, beautiful and harmonious. This view takes in the large, square, screened porch at the south, from which one enters the living room, of magnificent spaciousness 21 by 31 feet, with a beamed ceiling, wainscot walls with grass cloth, a beautiful big fireplace, a toned Turkish rug. Each room furnishes an adequate interior or to harmonize with the whole. Harmony of every kind was certainly the objective as it is the achievement in every essential of this true home. At present Mr. and Mrs. Moore have with them Mr. and Mrs. Harold Patterson and infant of 15 months, and Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Moore, Jr., their infant of eight months. Mrs. Patterson was Katherine Moore. And the big lawn furnishes splendid opportunity for sun baths for the babies.

Elm 150 Years Old.

The big elm, by the way, has been pronounced by experts to be at least 150 years old. It is 75 feet high and measures 80 feet across, at its widest point. Lewis Moore is the head of the Moore Brothers company with a stove manufacturing plant at Benton street. The business was originally established in Neenah, Wis., in 1884, by two brothers, Alexander K. Moore and William N. Moore. It was in 1870 that William N. Moore came to Joliet and established the Solar Stove works. But after Alexander Moore died in 1873, the Neemah business was sold to Bergstrom Brothers, who still operate it. And when William N. Moore died in Joliet in 1875, the business was continued fro several years by his widow. Favorable mention has been made by friends who remember Mrs. Moore, for her accomplishment, and charm. She was considered a brilliant and cultivated woman, no less because she managed the business successfully. Later, she married General Sampson of the regular army, who was appointed minister to Peru, S. A. Mrs. Moore's letters to her friends while stated there are still quoted. It was in 1884 William N. Moore, the second and Lewis Moore, son of Alexander Moore, took over business founded by their fathers. William N. Moore, second, died in 1912, since when Lewis Moore, president of the corporation, has directed its activities. Mr. and Mrs. Moore have dispensed a delightful hospitality during all their 21 years building their home, with, of course their children aiding and abetting.
SubjectWilliams, Adele Fay
Joliet (Ill.) -- History
SourceClick on this link for more historical information on the Joliet area - http://www.lewisu.edu/imcanal
Publisher (Digital)Lewis University
RightsAll rights held by Lewis University. For permission to reproduce, distribute, or otherwise use this image, please contact the Howard and Lois Adelmann Regional History Collection at Lewis University at 815-836-5665.
CollectionAdele Fay Williams Collection of Drawings and Prints (Lewis University) (Lewis University)
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