Historic Louis Swift House In Lake Forest Sells For $2.25 Million

LAKE FOREST, IL — The Louis F. Swift House in Lake Forest sold for $2.25 million earlier this month — less than half of the historic estate’s previous inflation-adjusted sales price.

The seven-bedroom mansion was designed by Howard Van Doren Shaw for the heir to the Swift meatpacking fortune in 1916. The 10,000-square-foot brick and stone structure was originally built as an expansion that doubled the size of Swift’s existing 1898 mansion.

After Swift’s death in 1937, his 35-room estate remained empty for years. During World War II, it was used by the Navy to house 15 families of officers stationed at Great Lakes Naval Station. The original, wooden half of the mansion was demolished in the late 1940s.

More than six decades ago, the property was purchased by Halbert Gillette, the second-generation CEO of Scranton Gillette Communications and a former Lake Forest alderman. The standalone Shaw-designed wing was converted

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Taylor Swift Responds To Scooter Braun Selling Her Masters

Singer Taylor Swift has spoken out after the news of Scooter Braun selling her masters for $300 million broke earlier in the day.

Braun got control of Swift’s old music when his company Ithaca Holdings bought Big Machine Label Group in 2019.

The 30-year-old hitmaker shared a lengthy statement on Twitter to explain to her fans how she had attempted over the past year to “enter into negotiations” with Braun to buy her work back. However, the “Love Story” singer would have had to sign an “ironclad NDA,” which would force her to only say positive things about Braun before she could look at Big Machine’s financial records.


“So, I would have had to sign a document that would silence me forever before I could even have a chance to bid on my own work,”

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Taylor Swift criticises Scooter Braun amid $300m masters sale

Taylor Swift has criticised music industry mogul Scooter Braun over his sale of her master recordings to a US private equity firm, including the accusation that he attempted to use a non-disclosure agreement to “silence me forever” regarding terms of a potential sale.

The saga dates back to the start of Swift’s career, when she signed a six-album deal with label Big Machine, who held the master recordings as part of the deal terms. After Swift left for a new deal with Republic, Big Machine was sold to Braun in June 2019, giving him control over her Big Machine masters. Swift complained at the time: “My musical legacy is about to lie in the hands of someone who tried to dismantle it,” accusing artist manager Braun of “incessant, manipulative bullying” over the years. Braun did not respond to the bullying allegation, but Big Machine owner Scott Borchetta stated at the

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Taylor Swift on Scooter Braun’s Catalog Sale: Re-Recording in Progress

Taylor Swift has responded to news of the sale of her catalog by Scooter Braun to a private equity company, saying she spurned the firm’s hopes of working together when she learned Braun would still profit from her work, and announcing she had already undertaken the long-promised re-recording of her entire Big Machine catalog.

Swift also said that Braun’s reps had let her know the catalog was for sale, but was asked to sign a non-disclosure agreement to never again disparage Braun before she would be allowed to even examine Big Machine’s financial books or make an offer.

The singer wrote in a statement published on Twitter that “my team attempted to enter into negotiations with Scooter Braun. Scooter’s team wanted me to sign an ironclad NDA stating I would never say another word about Scooter Braun unless it was positive, before we could even look at the financial records

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