Adlai E. Stevenson home receives landmark status

  • Adlai E. Stevenson III, left, talks with his wife, Nancy, and children, Warwick and Lucy, before the dedication ceremony of The Adlai E. Stevenson Home in Mettawa as a National Historic Landmark. More than 100 people attended the event

      Adlai E. Stevenson III, left, talks with his wife, Nancy, and children, Warwick and Lucy, before the dedication ceremony of The Adlai E. Stevenson Home in Mettawa as a National Historic Landmark. More than 100 people attended the event Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Adlai E. Stevenson III and his wife, Nancy, center, with their children and grandchildren before the dedication ceremony of The Adlai E. Stevenson Home as a National Historic Landmark. More than 100 people attended the event Sunday in the Captain Daniel Wright Woods Forest Preserve.

      Adlai E. Stevenson III and his wife, Nancy, center, with their children and grandchildren before the dedication ceremony of The Adlai E. Stevenson Home as a National Historic Landmark. More than 100 people attended the event Sunday in the Captain Daniel Wright Woods Forest Preserve. Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Adlai E. Stevenson III, left, and his wife, Nancy, talk to Lake County Forest Preserve District President Ann Maine before the dedication ceremony of The Adlai E. Stevenson Home in Mettawa as a National Historic Landmark. More than 100 people attended the event Sunday in the Captain Daniel Wright Woods Forest Preserve.

      Adlai E. Stevenson III, left, and his wife, Nancy, talk to Lake County Forest Preserve District President Ann Maine before the dedication ceremony of The Adlai E. Stevenson Home in Mettawa as a National Historic Landmark. More than 100 people attended the event Sunday in the Captain Daniel Wright Woods Forest Preserve. Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

 
By Gilbert R. Boucher II
gboucher@dailyherald.com
Updated 10/12/2014 6:26 PM

The Adlai E. Stevenson Historic Home formally was designated a National Historic Landmark on Sunday in a ceremony Sunday at the Captain Daniel Wright Woods Forest Preserve in Mettawa.

More than 100 people attended the event, including Adlai E. Stevenson III, his wife Nancy, and three of their children, Warwick, Lucy and Katie, and their families.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

"This is very exciting," Adlai E. Stevenson III said. "The whole property will be preserved forever. Not only is it a beautiful property, but more importantly I think it will remind people of what my father stood for in our politics. A very different politics where winning wasn't the only objective but it was serving and informing people. I hope it will recall the values which he exemplified."

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis marked National Park Week in April by announcing that the Stevenson home would be designated as one of four new national historic landmarks.

The home was built in 1938 by Adlai E. Stevenson II and his wife, Ellen Borden. The property was sold in 1969 to a longtime friend of Stevenson, Edison Dick. The Dick family donated the estate to the Lake County Forest Preserves in 1974.

"I think so many of the issues that were important to Sen. Stevenson are really important in Lake County today," said Lake County Forest Preserve District President Ann Maine. "The values that we care about are the same one that he (cared) about."

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