Evanston Community Lakehouse & Gardens (ECLG) will transform the Harley Clarke property into a fully renovated, multi-purpose venue.



The mission of ECLG is to preserve and restore Evanston’s only public lakefront estate by creating an inspiring community space in keeping with 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 - not-for-profit ECLG leases the 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:


By February 28, 2020, ECLG will submit a proposal to the city of Evanston to restore the Harley Clarke Mansion and operate it as a community resource

ECLG receives unanimous support from the Evanston Parks, Recreation and Community Services Board

Evanston city council endorses the ECLG proposal

ECLG and the city of Evanston negotiate and enter into a lease

ECLG raises money to finance restoration of the mansion and Jens Jensen-designed garden


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