The City of Evanston has hired a consulting firm to conduct an architectural survey of the more than 300 buildings in the Evanston Lakeshore Historic District.

The work by Victoria Granacki and Lara Ramsey of Granacki Historic Consultants will prepare an inventory of the buildings’ architectural features and current condition, and denote any changes to the structures over time.

The survey begins this week and the information will be provided to the city in the form of a computerized database as well as hard copy.

The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency awarded a $12,000 federal grant to the City of Evanston to conduct the survey. The city’s share of $5,200 or 30% of the total cost is being matched in kind with additional volunteer work and staff work. The total cost of the survey is $17,200.

The survey boundaries correspond to a southern section of the district, and are roughly described as follows: south side of Greenleaf Street (between Lakeshore Blvd. and Hinman Avenue) to the north; north side of South Boulevard (between Judson Avenue and Forest Avenue) to the south; Sheridan Road, Edgemere Court and Lakeshore Blvd (between Keeney Street and Greenleaf Street) to the east; and Michigan Avenue (between Lee Street and Kedzie Street) and Hinman Avenue (between Lee Street and Greenleaf Street) to the west.

A copy of the survey form is available online.

The compiled information will be used to make informed decisions regarding city preservation planning, community development projects, and rehabilitation plans for individual buildings. Property tax assessments are not being changed as part of this survey.

The survey will include photographic documentation of the exterior of each primary and secondary structure in the survey area. Photographs will be taken from the public right-of-way where possible. In some cases, surveyors may be required to walk down driveways to photograph secondary structures (detached garages, sheds, etc). Survey results and photographs will be kept by the City of Evanston, and will be made available online.

Questions about this survey can be directed to the city’s preservation coordinator, Carlos D. Ruiz, at 847-448-8687.

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