It’s rare to commission a world-class architect to design a suburban residential community. But in a town known for its architectural historical precedence, it’s a necessity. That’s, of course, where Larry Booth comes in.
To ensure Kelmscott Park would blend seamlessly with the traditional aesthetic of Lake Forest, Focus tapped Booth and his team – Booth Hansen Architects – to design the community’s luxury condominiums, single-family homes and apartments.
Anyone who lives in Chicago is undoubtedly familiar with Booth’s work. From the Palmolive Building and Three Arts Club (RH Chicago) to Old St. Pat’s Church, the renowned architect is behind some of the most high-profile rehabs in the city. Booth’s wide-ranging portfolio also includes new construction residential work, with condominium projects like 30 West Oak and SoNo showcasing his flair for modern, livable interiors and his ability to create value through great design.
We recently sat down with Booth to learn more about his involvement with Kelmscott Park. Here’s what he had to say:
What made you want to be part of this project?
I was interested in the opportunity to take the traditional style of the English Arts & Crafts movement and apply it to a modern residential development.
What was your vision and inspiration for the homes at Kelmscott Park?
The goal was always to emphasize an abundance of ventilation, light, and health within these homes. The buildings come from the earth with a focus on natural materials and textures. Every detail was specific and intentional. We drew inspiration from legendary English architects such as William Morris and Edward Lutyens, as well as Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie style. Kelmscott Park needed to visually fit into the architecture of Lake Forest.
What are people looking for in today’s new construction housing? How is that reflected in these homes?
Spacial flexibility – residents want to be able to furnish a home in a wide variety of ways that connect to their own needs. Durability – people are looking for quality construction that will last. The environment of a residence – the views out the windows and the landscaping – are what really set apart a great home. Kelmscott Park has all of these things. We knew the green space was particularly important to the community of Lake Forest, and integrated multiple park areas throughout the development. The homes are open and the spaces flow into one another, but are built to last.
For a visual of the transitional interiors at Kelmscott Park, check out photos of the single-family model home or stop by 100 Morris Lane any Wednesday through Friday from 9 AM- 5 PM or Saturday through Sunday between 11 AM – 5 PM.