…The historic restoration of Evanston’s only publicly owned lakeside mansion into a place dedicated to the entire community.

… Enjoying the lake views while you dine or relax with a beverage at the café and lakefront patio.

… Performances, book readings, poetry slams, dances, cooking classes, and holiday celebrations in the building and on the lawn.

… A discovery center exploring the unique presence of four ecological systems:
water, prairie, forest and beach

… Seasonal celebrations like a Fall-Fest, Christmas/Hanukkah Gala, Spring Ball, Summer Square Dance.

… Rehabbing the mansion and coach-house using green technologies, Geo-thermal, and Eco-materials to set an example of how historic buildings can be modernized while maintaining historic integrity.


Wake Up Evanston...! You’ve got a treasure on your hands!
— Blair Kamin, Architecture Critic, Chicago Tribune, April 22, 2018

The Harley Clarke Estate is completely unique for Evanston, I’m excited to be a part of this organization. This is a perfect fit for the scale of work I’ve helped develop for world-class institutions.
— William Brown (ECLG Board Member), oversaw construction and design of facilities at Chicago Botanical Gardens, Lincoln Park Zoo and Northwestern University

✔︎ 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.