Moorish Castle on North Shore
Lake Shore News (Wilmette, Illinois), 14 Sep 1923, p. 1

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14 Sep 1923
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Garden of Allah
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  • Illinois, United States
    Latitude: 42.07225 Longitude: -87.72284
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Garden of Allah is a Dream of


Add to the north shore's pleasing var-

iety of archrtectur magnificent Moorish castle, very appropriately entitled

"The Garden of Allah".

This amazingly beautiful structure in

its setting of virgin forest at Lake avenue and Waukegan road received many


city folk—people constantly in search of

thrills and usually disappointed—who

were utterly astounded at the majesty

and oriental splendor of this fairy castle

transplanted into the reality of Chicago's

north shore.

The Garden of Allah beggars description. It is not only magnificent, it is

luxurious. In its every detail the Moorish scheme of architecture and appointment is implanted with studied care.

One enters through a richly carpeted

reception room upon the imposing spectacle of the main dining hall, also expensively carpeted, its walls done in splendid colorings and striking stencils of

Moorish scenes; At the near end of

the long aisles of tables is a cozy fireplace with the accompanying thickly

cushioned lounges and divans arranged

with a suggestion of complete comfort.

A glance down the rows of tables and

beyond rewards one with a view of the

palm-screened and elegantly draped orchestra rostrum. Approaching, one finds

the rostrum is placed in the center of a

great circular dance floor half of which

extends in the dining hall, the other half

out upon the great open veranda which

describes a perfect horseshoe about the

hall; and entry to which is gained through

numberless portals which, in the aggregate, comprise a continuous wall of

richly shaded "glass doors.

At the extreme east end of the building, completely shut out from view of the

dining hall, are the large kitchens-

models of the modern culinary art. The

kitchens alone entail an expenditure of

many thousands of dollars, one is informed.

On the upper floors are private dining and banquet halls done in a quiet,

dignified tone with emphasis on the Moorish effect. Here, also, are hidden away

the servants' quarters.

The Garden of Allah represents a cost of approximately $200,000.

It is certain to be one of the show

places of the middle west.

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Moorish Castle on North Shore