The Dole Mansion in Crystal Lake, IL was once meant to be the summer home of Charles S. Dole. The mansion overlooked the lake and had a beautiful location. At the time he purchased over 1000 acres to build his estate and the mansion still sits on a good amount of land, but now it is surrounded by baseball fields, a golf course and other homes. The mansion is now used for community events as well as private events as certain areas of the mansion are available to rent. Other areas of the 3 story building are off limits to the public adding fuel to the fire of the rumors that the mansion is haunted on the uppermost floor.
2013 marked the 100th anniversary of the town of Crystal Lake which is technically a suburb in the far Northwest region of the state. Crystal Lake is about an hour west of Chicago. The town sponsored many events throughout to celebrate the towns anniversary and of course the Dole Mansion was not left out of the anniversary celebrations. This year in front of the mansion there were several small ice sculptors. These sculptors. The sculptors arrived on December 7th amidst the Centennial Winter Festival. Three local high schools competed to have their school mascot carved in ice for the display and Crystal Lake Central High School won the honor of having their Tiger Mascot displayed in ice. Other sculptors sponsored by local businesses. The Tiger was sculpted in an ice sculpting viewing event by Jim Nadeau.
I took some time to head over to the mansion and walk amongst the sculptors and did my best to take photos of each of them. Some were difficult to capture because of the white snow behind them. Sculptors directly in front of the building were easier to capture.
The photos above show the mansion in all of its glory. The Crystal Lake Central Tiger, and a violin sculptor. I wish I could show more pictures of the more of the sculptors but picture space is limited. Due to the extremely cold winter we are experiencing you can still get a good glimpse of many of the sculptors if you find yourself in the area. The Dole mansion is located across the street from the Main Beach on Lake Street and Dole Avenue.