The Evanston History Center has been awarded a $200,000 grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

The grant was awarded for the state-of-the-art geothermal heating and cooling system recently installed at the center’s headquarters in the Charles Gates Dawes House. The 1894 chateauesque-style building is currently undergoing updating and restoration.

State Rep. Robyn Gabel and State Sen. Daniel Biss are scheduled to attend a ceremonial presentation of the grant at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, at the Dawes House, 225 Greenwood St.

The building, a National Historic Landmark is the former home of Dawes, who served as vice president under President Calvin Coolidge.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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