Donations Sought to Fund Mayslake Historic Staircase

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Donations Sought to Fund Restoration of Historic Staircase at Mayslake Peabody Estate

100-Year-Old Walnut Staircase a Beautiful Architectural Feature of Mayslake Hall

(Jan. 29, 2018) — The Friends of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County — a 501(c)(3) nonprofit — is seeking donations to help fund the restoration of an ornate walnut staircase at the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County’s historic Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook.

Donations for the staircase are needed to repair and refinish the woodwork on the stairs and balustrade and install a period-appropriate runner. Generous donors have already pledged more than $14,000 in matching funds and individual gifts for the staircase restoration. The goal is to raise an additional $29,673 from individual donors so the project can be done over summer 2018.

“We are very grateful for the support of so many individuals who are helping us restore this important part of DuPage County’s history,” said Forest Preserve District of DuPage County President Joe Cantore.

“Mayslake is a beloved cultural and historical gem in DuPage County,” said Forest Preserve District Commissioner Jeff Redick, District 2. “The community support for this property has been amazing and we hope it will continue in order to help us preserve one of the most beautiful architectural features of the mansion, which has survived almost 100 years in its near-original condition.”

In 1919 coal baron Francis Stuyvesant Peabody commissioned renowned Chicago architect Benjamin Marshall to design a Tudor Revival-style mansion. In an era when first impressions were important, the entrances of residences such as Mayslake Hall needed to wow visitors while affirming the social status and wealth of the owner, so architects created staircases with richly carved balusters and perforated strap-work. Mayslake Hall’s central walnut staircase is an excellent example of such an entrance and the single-most important architectural feature of the mansion.

Today Mayslake Hall is a registered national historic landmark and well known as a cultural and educational center.

To donate to the project, contact the Friends of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, at 630-933-7097 or, or visit

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County has been connecting people to nature for more than 100 years. More than 4 million people visit its 60 forest preserves, 145 miles of trails, five education centers and scores of programs each year. For information, call 630-933-7200 or visit, where you can also link to the District’s e-newsletter, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

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Janneke Fowers, Mayslake Peabody Estate
630-206-9567 |

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