Homes Past

11801 Lake Shore Boulevard

Plat No. 631-07-004
11801 Lake Shore Boulevard
11801 Lake Shore Boulevard

Robert and Kate Ireland Sr. purchased the 6.5-acre property just east of Haskell’s Melcote from Charles Coit on November 4, 1897. As with Melcote, the property had a sloping, sodded bank to a beautiful beach. Irelands built a sprawling Queen Anne country home completed in 1898.

Loosely based on designs derived from the era of Queen Anne’s reign, this highly decorative residential motif, clapboard, tile, or brick background made it unique. Additional highlights included prominent front pavilions and bays, wrap-around porches, conical towers and turrets, gabled roofs, fluted columns, angled bays, oriel windows, and stained-glass windows.

Kate Hanna Harvey received the title to the home on March 14, 1923. Her social secretary was responsible for a payroll of one hundred and thirty people.

Kate's son R. Livingston Ireland Jr. and daughter Elizabeth inherited the property on December 30, 1941. Elizabeth then passed the property on to her brother on April 10, 1942.

Brigham and Gertrude Britton acquired Gertrude’s late aunt Kate Harvey’s estate from Kate’s son on May 2, 1946. The manor home burned to the ground in 1950.

Newport North Shore Development acquired the property on January 16, 1990, to become part of the 75-acre Newport Harbor development.