William Henry Jackson, the famed photographer of the West, made pictures on the Chicago & North Western in 1898 and occasionally honored executives' requests for pictures of their houses. This one is of the large dwelling of Hiram R. McCullough at 600 E. Westminister St., Lake Forest, Illinois. The negative is damaged.
Jackson very successfully adapted his skill as a photographer of natural landscapes to domestic landscapes. It would appear that this print was taken from a damaged nitrate negative, and the damage lends the resulting view an antique quality.
In the late 1800s, Lake Forest began to be developed as a highly exclusive suburb for Chicago executives, including several railroad presidents. This dwelling was designed by Charles S. Frost for one C&NW President Marvin Hughitt's three daughters, and it was named Westover for a large Georgian style house built along the James River in the 1700s. In the 1920s architect David Adler added a new entry, which was removed, and the original entry restored, in the 2000s. Frost was married to Hughitt another daughter, and the third daughter was married to architect Alfred H. Granger.