Neighbors get a peek at Stone Terrace

Exterior of Stone Terrace at 1622 Forest Place

The second of Jennifer Pritzker’s bed-and-breakfast establishments on Evanston’s lakefront was unveiled for neighbors Friday night who couldn’t help but chide the City Council for rejecting Pritzker’s proposal for rehabbing the Harley Clarke mansion.

Arguably perfect in every detail, the Stone Terrace at 1622 Forest Place, just two doors south of Stone Porch, Pritzker's first Evanston B&B, is scheduled to open Jan. 29. All but two neighbors (who happened to be out of town) showed up for Friday night's party, and Pritzker, herself, was there to greet them.

Jennifer Pritzker mingles with guests in the dining room

Neighbors interviewed during the evening insisted that they were not the residents who joined with Alderman Judy Fiske to advocate limits on the number of B&Bs and their distance from each other because of predicted “rowdy parties” and “noisy food delivery trucks” that would erode property values in this tony section of Evanston.

Said one resident: “We actually had more noise…happy noise, mind you…from the previous owners of the Stone Porch than from those who stayed there after it became a B&B.”

Said another: “We never saw a food delivery truck, nor did we notice any additional traffic or effect on our ability to park on the street since the Stone Porch opened more than a year ago.”

During the evening, neighbors were led in two groups by architect Paul Janicki through the five guest suites named after prominent Evanstonians: the Florence Walrath Suite, the Caro Blymer Dawes Suite, the Frances E. Willard Suite, the Dr. Isabella Garnett Suite, and the Mary Chaplin Glenn Suite.

In the living room, classical music was played on a harp and flute by graduates of the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University, and a sumptuous buffet was served to guests in the dining areas.

Ms. Pritzker delivered a brief welcoming speech, and one of the owners, Dawn Overend of Tawani Enterprises, and innkeepers and owners Tom and Susan Zipprich, longtime Evanston residents, circulated throughout the house to chat with their new neighbors.

Innkeeper Tom Zipprich chats with a neighbor

The luxury sitting room, the large library and reading room, the cozy breakfast room, the grand dining hall, the full exercise room, and the billiard and game room were all on display.

But while no official mention was made of Harley Clarke, the Pritzker proposal that would have rehabbed a prominent lakefront mansion adjacent to the Grosse Point Lighthouse into an elegant boutique hotel and brought in additional tax revenue to ease the financial burden on all residents, was a continuing topic of informal discussions.

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Harley Clarke was different

hold on folks - Harley Clarke is a totally different animal - Harley Clarke is a lakefront / beachfront park and buildings owned by the people of the City of Evanston - the city was remiss to even think selling this was an option - and the Pritzker people were naive in pursuing it / should have known better - and their proposal was just awful with the giant, inappropriate and ugly addition - could not believe that such an atrocious proposal came out of her organization that does such stellar work - just a different story, boys and girls, and to compare these two projects is disingenuous -

a lakeside restaurant and B&B

a lakeside restaurant and B&B at Harley Clarke while preserving the beach and park is by far the best option. And it would be great to have a destination restaurant on the late. Hopefully there is some chance that Jennifer Pritzker wil consider doing this even after the city's stupid reaction to the last proposal

Biased against Harley Clarke

Discussions and disagreements continue to swirl around the future of Harley Clarke mansion. Will there be resolution in 2016? Will the entire community get unbiased facts or will we continue to be bombarded with bombastic rhetoric and biased information?

Let's consider some facts. Both the State of Illinois and the City of Evanston are in very challenged financial situations, so some people think that broadening and increasing the tax base is sensible.

Jennifer Pritzker has done a phenominal job in all of her architectural restorations. This article mentions the 2 bed & breakfast establishments in Evanston. Also her house in Evanston is an architectural gem and was beautifully restored. Add the Frank Lloyd Wright house and her Pritzker Military Museum in Chicago. She does fabulous work! 

Do you think if she restored the Harley Clarke mansion we'd see any deviation from her prior work or do you think it would be a continuation of her work?

A critical issue pertains to selling the mansion and land. I personally am concerned about this approach, but why can't the City of Evanston consider a long term lease? 

There are many other issues to thoughtfully and objectively debate and discuss.

In 2016 let's have these talks and make a decision.

It most definitely is a different animal

The H/C mansion is a rabid animal turned into road kill by the city council who had the fiduciary responsibility for its well being for over forty years. For anyone to say the city was remiss to even think that selling this property was an option is ignoring the fact that the city cannot properly care for this "pet". Will the city council now please act to remove this varmint off of Sheridan Road (or better yet, see if Ms. Pritzker could bring it back to a healthy life)?

Maybe not

Harley Clark was and is not a park, It is a piece of property that is owned by the city of Evanston that is next to a park. Despite the fact that a large majority of Evanston citizens would disagree with you, I must give you credit, you did get about 350 screaming people to show up at a council meeting a couple of years ago. It scared the council enough to eliminate millions from our tax income.