• 1604 Chicago Avenue Evanston IL 60201
    42.046412, -87.679684
    PIN: 11-18-306-021-0000
  • Local

    Within Local District?: No

    Local Dist Contrib/Non-Contrib?:

    Local Landmark?: Yes

    Year: 1978

    Local Landmark Eligible?:

    Criteria: A4 A5 A9

  • National Register

    NR District Contrib/Non-Contrib:

    Within District?: No

    NR Landmark?: No


    NR Eligible?: No


    Alternate Address?:

  • General Information

    Category: Commercial

    Condition: Excellent

    Integrity: Excellent

    Current Use: Commercial

    Historic Use: Commercial

    Secondary Structure:

    NR Second:

  • Architectural Description

    Architectural Classification: Classical Revival

    Details: Stone cornice with dentil course; one story stone entry volume with cornice and dentil mould; flanking octagonal columns with Art Deco floral motif capitals; large Chicago windows; two story octagonal columns with Art Deco floral motif capitals.

    Construction Year: 1906

    Other Year:

    Date source: Landmark nomination

    Wall Material (Current): Stone

    Wall Material 2 (Current):

    Plan: Rectangle

    No of Stories: 2

    Roof Type: Flat

    Roof Material: Undetermined

    Foundation: Undetermined


    Window Material: Wood

    Window Material 2: Metal

    Window Type: Double Hung

    Window Configuration: 1-Jan


    Historic Features: First floor commercial storefront with offices above; stone cornice with dentil course; principal east elevation is symmetrical with protruding one story stone entry volume with cornice; flanking columns with Art Deco floral motif capitals; large Chicago windows above, separate by stone, and grouped with stone bands; south elevation facade is mostly glazed with two columns dividing it into three bays; main floor on both elevations has original aluminum storefront with vertically ribbed panels at entries.


  • Historic Information

    Old Address (city dir.year):

    Building Moved?:

    Moved From:

    Original Owner: (University Building)

    Original Architect: George W. Maher

    Architect Source: Evanston: 150 Years, 150 Places, Second Edition, Design Evanston, 2013


    Surveyor: Susan Turner

    Surveyor Organization: The Lakota Group

    Survey Date: 15-Jul-15

    Survey Area:

  • Permit/Historic Information

    Current Address: 1604 Chicago Avenue

    Old Address:

    Date of Construction:

  • Permit Moving Information

    Moving Permit #:

    Date Moved:

  • Original Permit Information

    Building Permit #:


    Building Permit Description:


    Original Owner Occupied?:

    Exterior Alteration Permits: BP#18248, 1928.08.01, 1604 Chicago Ave, 2-sty brick bldg improvement $2,000. owner C.A. Wightman, archt Maher & McGrew, mason/carpnt J.B. King; BP#32147, 1956.07.03, remodeling of storefronts on 3 bldgs (1606-08-10 Chicago Ave) $5,000. owner Geo. Miller; BP#37521, 1965.10.06, 1608 Chicago Ave 1-sty restaurant $1,000. Owner Dean Arhos; 11roof-0207: roof; 13roof-0322: remove and replace portions of flat roof; 08mswk-0077: repair masonry on first flr of one flr bldg, N elevation; 09mswk-0127: masonry repair E parapet wall; 09extr-0317: install sliding doors - one exter.

    Other Permit Information:

    COA Info: 02HIS00000001: Storefront alter., removing one entrance and replacing it with a new window; installation of limestone base under new window to match existing limestone on storefront; 07HIS0000000031: (601-603 Davis) Parking area paving and alteration to site feature listed as Major Work; clay masonry wall cleaning on north side of building and tuck-pointing where required; 08PRES-0191: north elevation masonry repair as needed; 09PRES-0074: rebuilding the interior common brick parapet on the east side elevation; 09PRES-0202: repairing parapet brick wall on the east, south and west upper elevations of the building; 11PRES-0114: replacement of existing roof with new in-kind materials; 13PRES-0173: install roof vapor barrier, a layer of 1/2" insulation with asphalt.

    Historic Info: Evanston Landmark. Statement of Significance "This outstanding building represents George W. Maher's successful application of Prairie School architectural principals to a commercial structure in an early 1900's suburban setting..."

    Other Sources: Evanston History Center Building Files

    Historic Info Compiler:

    Volunteer: D.Euer

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