Evanston’s Preservation Commission voted unanimously this week to recommend landmark status for the Second Church of Christ, Scientist at 2715 Hurd Ave., across from Willard School in northwest Evanston.
If the City Council accepts the commission’s recommendation it would block plans to demolish the church building and replace it with a preschool.
The petition to landmark the church was submitted by Andrew Nebel, who lives across the street from the church at 2659 Hurd.
The petition says the 1946 building was designed by the architectural firm of Perkins, Wheeler, and Will, and apparently by one of the firm’s principals, Larry Perkins, who was an Evanston resident.
The proposal to demolish the building and replace it with a preschool also has been opposed by neighbors. It was recommended for approval by the city’s Design and Project Review Committee, but the Plan Commission voted 5-3 against it.