The Preservation Commission is scheduled to hold a hearing Tuesday on a request to designate as an Evanston landmark the home the late architect George Schipporeit designed for himself.

Schipporeit is best known as the co-designer of Lake Point Tower, the 70-story condominium on the Chicago waterfront, but he also designed two Evanston skyscrapers, the 1603 Orrington tower and the Rotary International building.

Schipporeit, who also was a long-time member of the architecture faculty at the Illinois Institute of Technology, started work on the contemporary home at 1225 Asbury Ave. in 1973 and didn’t finish until 1984.

He sold the home in 1999, moving to Glenview, where he lived until his death in 2013.

The home is located in the city’s Ridge Historic District, which is dominated by homes 70 to 100 years older than the one Schipporeit built.

The Preservation Commission has for the past two years been embroiled in controversy over its refusal to approve construction of a home of contemporary design at 917 Edgemere Court on the city’s lakefront.

The landmark status for 1225 Asbury is being sought by Jolie and Matthew Fleming, who bought the 6.000 square foot, five-bedroom home last August for $1.1 million, 13 percent below its original listing price.

In their request for the landmark designation, they praise the “elegantly plain” design of the home with its “rectilinear and geometric form” and structure of glass and reinforced concrete.

Update 9/12/18: The Preservation Commission voted unanimously Tuesday night to recommend approval of the landmark designation to the City Council.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Architect George Schipporeit

    I feel they should give it landmark status. It is a nice tip of the hat to George Schipporeit. So many of our historic landmark properties are Victorian or from the 1920’s. I personally am not a fan of the looks of this home, but many people are. That is why I feel like it should be designated a historic landmark.

  2. This home deserves landmark status

    My wife and I bought 1225 Asbury in 2005 and lived there for 12 wonderful years. Early on, we met Mr. and Mrs. Schipporeit. One night they came to the house for dinner and told us the story of its construction. We’re so glad the Flemings are taking this step. This home deserves landmark status. Great architecture by a great Chicago’s architect!

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