Evanston Community Lakehouse & Gardens in the Press


EVANSTON ROUNDTABLE - “Harley Clarke Group Presents Proposal at Meeting”

Full Article, Aug. 21, 2019

EVANSTON REVIEW - “After previous denial, Evanston nonprofit preparing another bid for Harley Clarke Mansion”

Full Article

After its proposal to restore the Harley Clarke Mansion failed to win city support two years ago, a local nonprofit says it is coming back with an updated plan for the historic lakefront property.  Now called Evanston Community Lakehouse & Gardens, the volunteer group was formed in 2015 when the city ended its lease with the Evanston Art Center, which had occupied the mansion since the 1960s. At the time, the city estimated that the 1927 building needed more than  $400,000 in repairs to bring it up to code — a sum the art center could not afford.

After its proposal to restore the Harley Clarke Mansion failed to win city support two years ago, a local nonprofit says it is coming back with an updated plan for the historic lakefront property.

Now called Evanston Community Lakehouse & Gardens, the volunteer group was formed in 2015 when the city ended its lease with the Evanston Art Center, which had occupied the mansion since the 1960s. At the time, the city estimated that the 1927 building needed more than $400,000 in repairs to bring it up to code— a sum the art center could not afford.

Chicago tribune - "DOn't demolish A TREASURE" 

Chicago Tribune Columnist Blair Kamin on WTTW's Chicago Tonight:

Q: “The argument is, isn't it in bad shape?”

A: “No, it’s not in bad shape. Structurally it is a sound building, according to respected engineers..."

ABC-TV Coverage of elhg kid's rally:

7th Ward Alderman Eleanor Revelle, “I rather talk about the plans to save it. And have this wonderful building that’s going to be renovated and repurposed for the whole community, into an environmental education center, a place for cultural events and special events. And it’d just be a wonderful amenity for the whole community .”

TED speaker and Renowned architecture critic James Howard Kunstler on Harley Clark:

“There aren’t enough things in our everyday world truly worth caring about, It would be a tragic blunder to remove this one…this is a magnificent building.”

CBS-TV Coverage of the harley clarke house:

WTTW's Geoffrey baer on harley clarke and ELHG:

ELHG City Council Presentation:

 

ELHG Community presentation:

Evanston Lakehouse and Gardens: Harley Clarke Mansion Plan City Hall 7-8 pm

Posted by Dan Coyne on Wednesday, April 26, 2017