Evanston Lakehouse & Gardens will transform the Harley Clarke property into a fully renovated, multi-purpose venue for environmental education, community events, and cultural programming.



The mission of Evanston Lakehouse and Gardens is to preserve and restore Evanston’s only public lakefront estate by creating an inspiring community space that fosters appreciation of the environment, the arts, and the rich cultural history of Evanston. 

A unique building in a unique setting at the intersection of the lake, beach, dunes and Jens Jensen Gardens – our Gateway to the Great lakes.
— Tom Hodgman, ELHG Volunteer Board Member

✔︎ Consistent with City of Evanston's Lakefront Master Plan

✔︎ Architecturally significant landmark building restored for adaptive reuse

✔︎ Historic Jens Jensen gardens and Council Ring revitalized

✔︎ Socially inclusive programming for the entire community

✔︎ Public private partnership - non-profit ELHG leases land and buildings while the City retains ownership


A perfect property...
with something for everyone

Today, the house and surrounding gardens are the keystone of the four-part lakefront complex, which includes: Noah’s Playground for Everyone, Lighthouse Beach, the Grosse Point Lighthouse and the Harley Clarke house. Sitting at the foot of the Great Lakes, the world's largest fresh-water system, Harley Clarke is an ideal location for hands on environmental education.


Our plan continues in that tradition:


☑︎ ELHG participates in Harley Clarke Planning Committee
(Nov 2016 - Jun 2017)

☑︎ ELHG receives unanimous recommendation from the Evanston Parks and Rec Board
(May 18, 2017)

☑︎ Evanston City Council endorses ELHG's vision (November 13, 2017)

☐ ELHG and City of Evanston negotiate and enter into a lease

☐ ELHG fundraises for restoration


Now that you've seen the vision,
help us make it a reality.