The City of Evanston held an event this evening designed to let would-be applicants to restore the Harley Clarke mansion preview their plans — but no one showed up to offer a proposal.

Emily Guthrie of Evanston Lakehouse and Gardens made a brief statement promising that the group — which was the unsuccessful bidder in an earlier round efforts by the city to find a user for the lakefront mansion — would be submitting a revised proposal this time.

About 20 people showed up for the session in the Parasol Room at the Civic Center.

City officials plan to hold a similar meeting in November and close out the request for proposals submission period next February.

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Time to Hire Heneghan Wrecking

    Their tagline – “We make space.”

    Since ZERO proposals were presented after more than ample time, let’s move on and make this space, a beautiful community space.

    Evanston already has the Dawes House – no need for endless discussions and pouring taxpayer money down the drain on this project.

    Dial 773 342 9009 and make an appointment.


    1. Yes!

      Tear it down!  It’s a money pit.  No proposals?  I guess no one REALLY wants Harley Clarke, right?  Oh but think of the historic signifi…. oh yeah, there isn’t any.   Make it a prairie – it will be prettier and have lower maintenance cost. 

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