The fate of a tiny cottage at 1119 Oak Ave. will be on the agenda when the Evanston Preservation Commission meets this evening.


1119 Oak Ave.

The house is located in the Ridge Historic District. Preservation activist Anne Earle says it was built about 1873, the first of many homes in Evanston constructed by builder-developer James Wigginton.

The cottage has only 336 square feet of living space, according to county assessor’s records, and the current owner, Michael Sieja, wants to replace it with a two-and-a-half story frame home.

County records show Mr. Sieja bought the property in March for $460,000 from local architect and developer Andrew Spatz.

Most other homes in the neighborhood are much larger.

Ms. Earle says Mr. Wigginton built, and at different times lived in, two other houses on the block.

1115 Oak Ave.
One, a brick Queen Anne next door at 1115 Oak Ave., was built about 1884. The other, a Prairie-style home across the street at 1118 Oak Ave., was built around 1914.

1118 Oak Ave.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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