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Preservation award: A labor of love


2672 Orrington Ave. after restoration
Among the 19 winners of the Evanston Preservation Awards announced this week is this bungalow at 2672 Orrington Ave.


2672 Orrington Ave. after restoration
Among the 19 winners of the Evanston Preservation Awards announced this week is this bungalow at 2672 Orrington Ave.

The owners, architect Joseph Behles and his wife Karen, began work on their classic brick Chicago-style bungalow in September 2001 and finished four years later.


2672 Orrington Ave. before restoration

In addition to removing the white paint from the 1925-vintage home, the project included new attic dormers, construction of a new rear entry, sunroom and a new detach garage as well as replacing the deteriorated old roof tiles with concrete tiles.

The estimated cost of the project is $300,000. The renovated home, in the Northeast Evanston Historic District, now has more than 1,800 square feet of space.

The Preservation Commission’s awards jury described the project as a “meticulos renovation and addition, nicely scaled and an obvious labor of love.”

Behles+Behles architects of Evanston designed the project. The contractor was Drimalla & Messina of Glenview.

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