Coming Soon: “Restoring Gatsby” Follows The Renovation Of The Historic Home That Inspired The Jazz Age Classic


Although F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic Jazz Age novel, The Great Gatsby, takes place on the glamorous enclave of Long Island’s North Shore, it’s said that inspiration for the book all started in Chicago’s Lake Forest, in the home of Ginevra King. Built in 1906, the house was part of a nearly 50-acre estate called Kingdom Come Farm and is considered one of Chicago’s greatest literary landmarks, as King’s tempestuous relationship with Fitzgerald inspired the character of Daisy Buchanan.

After sitting empty for a decade, the home was purchased by Jeanette Hodgkinson, of Belle Design LLC, in 2018. Since then she and her husband have embarked on a journey to restore the property to its historic roots, incorporating high-end finishes, appliances and fixtures to blend along with elements like the original metal cabinetry, colored terrazzo floors, and art deco bathrooms.

Coming to WTTW in 2021, from Media Process Group, “Restoring Gatsby” follows Jeanette as she takes this historic home from the Roaring Twenties to the 2020s.

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