Jennifer Pritzker’s Stone Porch by the Lake bed-and-breakfast and four buildings on the Northwestern University campus were among winners of the 2015 Evanston Preservation and Design Awards that were presented Monday night at the City Council meeting.

The Pritzker B&B, located at Church Street and Sheridan Road, won an award for Proper Rehabilitation/Restoration.

Similar awards went to the university for restoration projects at Scott Hall, 601 University Place, and Cahn Auditorium, at 600 Emerson Street.

Patten Gymnasium, at 2407 Sheridan Road, was cited for Innovative Solutions in Preservation.

Awards for Sensitive Addition/Alteration went to the Pi Beta Phi Sorority at 636 Emerson St., and homes at 2413 Payne St. and 1423 Hinman Ave.

Homes at 419 Greenwood St. and 6 Milburn Park received awards for Appropriate New Construction.

The awards were presented by Diane Williams, the commission’s chair.

This program is aimed at recognizing property owners, architects, contractors, and local organizations each year for their contribution to maintaining and enhancing the architectural, historical, and cultural heritage of Evanston.

Awards are made in some or all of these categories:

Sensitive Addition/Alteration: a project that successfully integrated an addition/alteration within the architectural style of a main house or building and complements the context and character of a historic district, neighborhood or specific area.

Adaptive Reuse: a project that creatively achieved the reuse of an existing structure originally used for another purpose. The project must have undertaken at least substantial rehabilitation.

Appropriate New Construction: a new house, building, or structure that, through its design and use of building materials, enhances the quality of the built environment. The project must have a positive impact on its immediate surroundings, including historic district, neighborhood, or specific area.

Proper Rehabilitation/Restoration: a project that has closely followed the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for The Treatment of Historic Properties and its Guidelines for Preserving, Rehabilitating, Restoring and Reconstructing Buildings (landmarks and non­landmark contributing/significant buildings citywide are eligible).

Innovative Solutions in Preservation: Showing sensitive and creative solutions incorporating issues of sustainability, adaptive reuse, and integration of accessibility improvements.

Life Achievement/Preservationist of the Year: This award is given to an individual who has demonstrated a sustained commitment to the preservation movement for the benefit of the City of Evanston through his/her work or volunteerism.

Photo at top: Receiving the award for Stone Porch are Todd Kihm, general contractor, Dawn Overend, Tawani Enterprises; and Paul Janicki, architect.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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  1. Imagine, ………………

    Imagine, ……………… how proud Evanston would feel after she had completed her magic on the mansion.

    1. mansion
      Any chance of that issue coming up again, to maybe be a reality, or was she totally ticked off that it got blocked from happening?

      1. City Hall move to the Mansion ?

        If the Council and preservationist are so intent on keeping the Mansion as is and think it is such a wonderful place, maybe all of City Hall government and operations should move there. That would free up the current area city hall sits on to be developed—maybe for low income housing ?

        1. Tight fit

          The Civic Center has about 100,000 square feet … the mansion has around 20,000 square feet.

          — Bill

          1. Bill,


            So you are saying that size does matter. While there are lot of mansions in Evanston, there is only one civic center.

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