NU wins city preservation award


Northwestern University took top honors Tuesday night in Evanston’s annual preservation and design awards for the restoration of Annie May Swift Hall.

The 1895 building that features Venetian Gothic revival and Romanesque architecture is one of the oldest on campus. It was named after the daughter of a university trustee who died at age 22.

The project received the city’s Margery B. Perkins Award for outstanding restoration work.

A ceremony at Tuesday’s City Council meeting also honored restoration work on private homes at 950 Sheridan Road, 1318 Forest Ave., 2815 Garrison Ave., 638 Michigan Ave., 913 Monroe St., 1138 Judson Ave., 133 Dempster St., 1307-1313 Ridge Ave., and 2424 Lincoln St. as well as the adaptive reuse of a commercial property at 2834 Central St.

The Preservation Commission’s report showing before and after photos of each project is available online (6MB .pdf file).

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