Roycemore School reportedly has completed its purchase of the former headquarters of the Methodist Pension Board at 1200 Davis St. in Evanston.

In a news release, the school’s real estate agent in the transaction, Podolsky Northstar CORFAC International, said the school plans to move to the new site late in 2011 after renovating the 68,000-square-foot building.

Renovations will include adding a gymnasium and providing advanced technology capabilities in converting the office space into classrooms.

The century-old private school has more than 250 students from pre-kindergarten through high school.

The school started looking for a new location four years ago, as its 99-year lease from Northwestern University on its current site at 640 Lincoln Ave. neared its end.

Plans for the Roycemore move to the pension board building were announced in 2008 and the zoning changes required were approved by the City Council in February 2009.

The pension board recently moved to a new headquarters at 1901 Chestnut Ave. in Glenview.

There’s been no word on a future use for the pension board’s other building in Evanston, the former Rotary International headquarters at 1201 Davis St.

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Methodist Building nostalgic for me

    Our family’s move to Evanston in 1960 was preliminary to the move by my father’s employer, the Methodist Board of Lay Activities from 740 Rush Street in Chicago (now home of Crain’s Chicago Business) to the Methodist Building. I recall attending the ground breaking ceremony on a lot occupied by big old trees. Roycemore will be a nice replacement for the Methodists. I’m sure my dad, gone 37 years now, would approve.

    BTW: I remember my parents being a bit apprehensive about the move because Evanston was a known Republican stronghold!

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