The mission of the Julia Foundation is to create a sculpture garden in the historic district of Fort Sheridan in order to preserve and protect its open space and enhance its environment for generations to come.
Fort Sheridan is a historic district in Highland Park and Highwood, Illinois, two North Shore suburbs committed to supporting open space initiatives and the arts. In the midst of these communities, one finds Ravinia Festival, summer home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Apple Tree’s Professional Theatre group, Midwest Young Artists music programs, and now the Julia Foundation, a charity committed to the creation of public art.
The global vision and appreciation for the arts reflected by the vibrancy of and support for these programs make Fort Sheridan an ideal location for a charitable Foundation committed to the creation and placement of open space public works of art in the Fort Sheridan historic district.
Fort Sheridan, which is situated on the shores of Lake Michigan approximately 30 miles north of Chicago, Illinois, was originally constructed as a U.S. Army fort and training center. The center was established in 1886, when Marshall Field, a prominent Chicago entrepreneur, led a petition by area businessmen to the Secretary of War to set aside an area for a military installation. The Fort Sheridan area was selected as the 632-acre site and plans were put together for Fort Sheridan’s development.
The site for Fort Sheridan grew out of its unique location high on the bluffs of Lake Michigan in an area cut deep by ravines. Fort Sheridan was located on the Highland Park glacial moraine formed by retreating glaciers which had left the area as a heavily forested and fertile environment. The area was originally drained by streams flowing eastward through deep ravines filled with abundant native flora and fauna.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, redevelopment of the Fort was begun in 1997 to create a unique residential community in the cities of Highland Park and Highwood. The Fort also contains Lake County Forest Preserve Property.
Julie Rotblatt Amrany, Omri Amrany, Joel Goldblatt, Jim Fitzgerald, Amy Gertler, Jonathan Plotkin, Nathan Harpaz, and Katherine Hamilton-Smith (Lake County Forest Preserve)