Evanston aldermen tonight are scheduled to discuss a plan to designate four buildings in the 1700 block of Chicago Avenue as a local historic district.

The buildings are properties owned by the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union and include three Victorian-era homes and the office building built to as the group’s headquarters during its successful campaign win adoption of the 18th Amendment banning the sale of alcoholic beverages in the United States.

Some of the buildings are already on the national register of historic places, but the local designation would provide additional protection against alteration of the buildings.

On another preservation issue, the aldermen are expected to approve acceptance of a $12,000 grant from the state to help fund a survey of the southern portion of the city’s existing Lakeshore Historic District.

The study would collect data on about 200 structures in the portion of the district south of Greenleaf Street and create an online database of information about the properties.

Update 3/23/10 11:00 a.m.: Aldermen Monday voted to introduce the historic district ordinance. There was no indication it will face any opposition on the way to final approval at the City Council’s next meeting. The council also voted to accept the grant for the historic district study.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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