Pine Manor’s Builder Axel Lonnquist – 1929

The three bedroom 1- 1/2 Bath Dutch Colonial 401 South Pine Street Mt. Prospect, IL was built by Axel Lonnquist in the style of The Van Jean Sears Honor Built Homes: 1928. 

The above photo of Mount Prospect, Illinois was taken on June 13, 1929. The view is looking southwest, toward Pine Manor from Northwest Highway, down Main Street and Lincoln Street.

Axel Lonnquist

Lonnquist was the developer who originally laid out the Mt Prospect golf course and the neighborhoods surrounding it. He was one of the largest developers in Mount Prospect’s first real estate boom in the 1920s.

In 1925 Lonnquist purchased the farms of Fred Schaefer and Henry Mensching and planned “a luxury community.” He also advertised the numerous trains in and out of the city for working professionals. The crowning glory of this development however, was to be the Northwest Hills Country Club, an 18 hole golf course and clubhouse.

Although Axel Lonnquist was able to redefine Mount Prospect, he was not able to make a lot of money on the endeavor. Due to the timing of his investment, he was not able to sell most of his land before the crash of 1929 and the depression that followed.  In the time that he owned the land, he had been able to plat the streets, build the country club and a few demonstration homes, but he built very few homes that are standing today, which includes Pine Manor.

View of Mount Prospect, dated October 23, 1927

Above is an aerial view of Mount Prospect from the southwest, taken on October 23, 1927. Pine Manor will be built where the ‘3’ is in the picture; along Lincoln Street, Route 83, and Pine Street. 
Photograph is courtesy of the Daily Herald File Photo/Chicago Aerial Survey

June 13, 1929 photo of 401 S Pine St Mt Prospect, IL still building the second floor

Pine Manor was constructed in the style of the famous Sears home, 1928 “The Van Jean” where Mr Lonnquist built two homes almost identically. In Pine Manor’s design he altered the doorways between the rooms replacing the french doorways with arched doorways. The rest of the house remains in the Sears style. The design was an unusually well arranged Dutch Colonial house. It has many special features not generally found in houses of this price. It has a charming entrance that gives an atmosphere of welcome.