Evanston Community Lakehouse & Gardens (ECLG) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit formed in December 2015 to restore and repurpose the Harley Clarke property and historic Jens Jensen gardens, while identifying the best possible solutions for its future use in keeping with Evanston’s Lakefront Master Plan.

ECLG is comprised of a volunteer group of Evanston community members concerned with restoring this landmark property for future generations of Evanston residents while creating an economic engine for long-term financial sustainability. We understand that adaptive reuse and repurposing of Evanston’s historic Harley Clarke property and Jens Jensen gardens brings tremendous opportunity for exciting educational programs that leverage the incredible natural surrounding of Harley Clarke's unique landscape.

ELHG Volunteer Leadership


Alex Block, Secretary
CCS Fundraising


Emily Guthrie
Baird & Warner Inc


Ben Lumpkin




Bill Brown
W.W. Brown, Inc.

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Carlis Sutton


Patrick Donnelly
Company C 


Janelle Johnson
Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects 


Pete McNamera, Treasurer
Applied Predictive Technologies

John Walsh
Pretzel & Stouffer, Chartered


The Evanston Community Lakehouse & Gardens
Advisory Board

Susan Aaron, civic planner
Carl Bova, environmental engineer
Chris Enck, architect
Michael Gallo, events specialist & business owner
Mary Rosinski, real estate broker


The Jens Jensen Historic Landscape
Advisory Committee

Jens Jensen II
Project Leader
Restoration Ecologist and Landscape Architect
Julia Bachrach

Department of Planning and Construction
Chicago Park District
Robert E. Grese

Director, Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum
Professor, School of Natural Resources and Environment
Theodore Roosevelt Chair in Ecosystem Management
William Johnson

Former Dean Of The School of Natural Resources,  U of M
Professor Emeritus Landscape Architecture, U of M
Medal of Honor American Society of Landscape Architecture
Jensen Restoration Project
William Tishler

BS and MLA Landscape Architecture
Graduate of Harvard University with additional study at University of North Carolina, the Nantucket Preservation Planning Institute, Cornell University, and the Attingham Summer Institute in England
Donn Werling, Ph. D

Director Two Trees Memorial Arboretum and Gardens
Former Director of The Henry Ford Estate, completed the
Jensen Restoration Project at Fair Lane
Former Director of The Evanston Environmental Association and Lighthouse Nature Center