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Court OKs Dawes House transfer

Circuit Court Judge Kathleen M. Pantle has approved the transfer of ownership of the landmark Charles Gates Dawes House from Northwestern University to the Evanston History Center.


Circuit Court Judge Kathleen M. Pantle has approved the transfer of ownership of the landmark Charles Gates Dawes House from Northwestern University to the Evanston History Center.

“We couldn’t be more pleased and excited about the way things have worked out,” said Marge Wold, president of the board of the Evanston History Center.

“This is truly an exciting time for EHC as we grow and change to take on the new responsibility of ownership of the Dawes House and develop new programs for an expanded role in our community,” she added. “We thank the community for its support and say ‘stay tuned’ for all that is to come from EHC.”

The house was given to the university by Dawes for use as a history museum in the 1940s and the Evanston History Center has called the Dawes House home since 1960.

The transfer of ownership includes funds from the Dawes Endowment which Dawes established to care for the home and the collection stored there. The university will continue to care for the records its holds that pertain to Dawes’ family and personal history as a World War I brigadier general and U.S. vice president.

The past year has seen the Dawes House closed while negotiations over its long-term preservation took place and necessary safety repairs were made.

The EHC research room re-opened in February and the house opened for tours in May.

Currently the house is open for tours Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 1-4 p.m. The EHC research room is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday from 1-4 p.m.

More information is available on the history center website or by calling (847) 475-3410.

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