The Evanston Art Center has hired Podolsky | Circle Corfac International to advise it as it looks to relocate from the city-owned Harley Clarke mansion.

The move, reported today by REJournals.com, follows the art center’s selection last week of Evanston architect John R. Jacobs as the newest member of its board of trustees.

Among its other projects Podolsky represented Roycemore School in its relocation from leased property on the Northwestern University campus to a new home in the former Methodist pension board headquarters on the edge of downtown Evanston.

The art center is facing a Dec. 31 deadline from the city to vacate the lakefront mansion, which is considering a proposal from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to become the new tenant at the building.

The art center reportedly is seeking a 30,000 square foot building in “the general Evanston area” to become its new headquarters.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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