LAKE GENEVA — The Geneva Lake estate of Chicago investment manager, philanthropist and birthday party host extraordinaire Richard Driehaus, who died in March at age 78, went on the market Friday for $39.25 million.

The property, known as Glanworth Gardens, is being offered through Geneva Lakefront Realty HERE.

The listing is reportedly a Lake Geneva record, and it stands as one of the highest asking prices in history in the Midwest.

For what is believed to be only the third time in its 115 year history, Glanworth Gardens, the preeminent estate on Geneva Lake, is being offered for sale.

The estate includes 40 acres of gardens and forest, 621+ feet of level frontage, and features a. home with 14,145 square feet.

According to the listing, this legacy property occupies not only the finest lots on the best streets and features the highest grade architecture and finishes, it is an iconic property that is so respected because of both what it is and what it represents.

Driehaus lovingly oversaw the restoration of the estate over the years, and annually hosted a spectacular themed birthday party and fireworks show that was one of the most well known events on the lake.

He also was a generous philanthropist, supporting for many years the Circus World Museum in Baraboo and once bringing a display of circus train cars to downtown Lake Geneva.

He also donated the namesake Driehaus Family Fountain that graces the front of the Riviera Boathouse downtown.

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By Dan Plutchak

Dan Plutchak launched Walworth County Community News in 2021. He is the former editor of The Week and Walworth County Sunday.