Beautifully Updated Highland Park Classic Colonial Revival

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It’s so nice to see historic homes take on a new life. Our Inwood Home of the Week is a classic Colonial Revival at 4501 Lorraine Ave. that has had a total facelift, and it’s gorgeous.

When Highland Park was being built, a handful of architects were involved in creating the looks that have become forever associated with the neighborhood. Robert Goodwin and Herbert Tatum were the architects behind this 1936 beauty.

Classic Colonial Revival
Staging by Donna Klein

classic Colonial Revival
One of our favorite resource books at is the Great American Suburbs: The Homes of The Park Cities, by Virginia Savage McAlester, Willis Cecil Winters, and Prudence Mackintosh. If you sell or buy a home in the Park Cities, you want this book! It’s chock full of history and great insights.

This is what the authors had to say about Goodwin and Tatum:

Goodwin & Tatum garnered only a handful of residential commissions initially, but by 1936 were prospering under the patronage of Flippen-Prather Realty Company, with commissions for numerous speculative houses in the ninth addition of Highland Park West. By 1938 they were designing houses for noted Highland Park builder John Taylor. They are responsible for numerous custom residences for individual clients including three significant houses on Armstrong Avenue that were completed in 1938.

During their partnership, they designed more than 45 residences in the Park Cities.

classic Colonial Revival

classic Colonial RevivalPerfectly sited, a couple of blocks from Flippen Park, and within a block of the tollway, this 4,460 square foot classic Colonial Revival is close to everything you need or want, and of course, you have access to great Highland Park schools! With four bedrooms, four bathrooms, a powder bath, guest quarters, and an elevator, it’s the perfect size for a family. Following the classic style, all of the bedrooms are upstairs which allows for the large living and entertaining spaces downstairs.

When the current owners purchased this classic Colonial Revival, they brought Cumulative Homes on board to do a complete facelift without losing any of the original charm and character.

The finish out list has all of our favorites from leathered Bianco Neve marble, blue onyx, and quartz to Arteriors, Circa, and Schonbek lighting. But, the showstopper is the kitchen. You expect the SubZero, Bosch, and Miele package in a luxury home, but the white and brass La Cornue gas range is unexpected and simply magnificent.

“It has everything you want in a house of this level, but what makes it unique is how much space is on the first floor,” Compass Real Estate listing agent Amy Detwiler said.”It’s so expansive, and it’s hard to get that in the Park Cities,”

It’s rare to find these historic homes, especially classic Colonial Revival houses, with updates that don’t completely deviate from the original architectural intentions. We think Goodwin & Tatum would approve!

Detwiler has the home listed for $2.95 million.


Karen Eubank is the owner of Eubank Staging and Design. She has been an award-winning professional home stager and writer for over 25 years. She teaches the popular Staging to Sell class and is the creator of the online course, The Beginners Guide to Buying Wholesale. She loves dogs, international travel, history, white paint, champagne, artificial turf, and homes with personality. Her father was a spy, and she keeps secrets very well. Find Karen at


Karen Eubank

Karen is the owner of Eubank Staging and Design. She has been an award-winning professional home stager for more than 25 years and a professional writer for over 20 years. Karen is the mother of a son who’s studying for his masters at The New England Conservatory of Music. An ardent animal lover, she doesn’t mind one bit if your fur baby jumps right into her lap.

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