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  • 1730 Chicago Avenue Evanston IL 60201
    42.048785, -87.678409
    PIN: 11-18-208-012-0000
  • Local

    Within Local District?: No

    Local Dist Contrib/Non-Contrib?:

    Local Landmark?: Yes

    Year: 1978

    Local Landmark Eligible?:

    Criteria: H3 A4 A7 A9

  • National Register

    NR District Contrib/Non-Contrib:

    Within District?: No

    NR Landmark?: Yes

    Year: 2002

    NR Eligible?:

    Criteria: NHL

    Alternate Address?:

  • General Information

    Category: Institutional - Museum

    Condition: Excellent

    Integrity: Excellent

    Current Use: Institutional

    Historic Use: Single Family Residential

    Secondary Structure:

    NR Second:

  • Architectural Description

    Architectural Classification: Gothic Revival

    Details: Vergeboard and carved finials in gable eaves; shallow shed roofs over second story windows; window trim.

    Construction Year: 1865

    Other Year: North addition, 1880

    Date source: Evanston: 150 Years, !50 Places, Second Edition, Design Evanston, 2013

    Wall Material (Current): Board and Batten

    Wall Material 2 (Current):

    Plan: Asymmetrical

    No of Stories: 2

    Roof Type: Pitched with Cross Gable

    Roof Material: Wood Shingles

    Foundation: Concrete

    Porch: Entry Porch

    Window Material: Wood

    Window Material 2: Storm Windows

    Window Type: Double Hung

    Window Configuration: 1-Jan

    Significance: Home of Frances Willard, leader of the Women's Christian Temperance Union until her death in 1898. The House's north addition would later become the Union's headquarters and museum in 1900.

    Historic Features: Multiple gables with vergeboard; finials; entry porch with gable; side porch with spindle work; window bays on east and south elevations; board and batten construction- typical features of Carpenter Gothic.

    Alterations: Roof material includes simulated slate, not original to the house.

  • Historic Information

    Old Address (city dir.year):

    Building Moved?:

    Moved From:

    Original Owner: Josiah Willard

    Original Architect:

    Architect Source:

    Builder: Josiah Willard

    Surveyor: NK

    Surveyor Organization: The Lakota Group

    Survey Date: 11-Aug-15

    Survey Area:

  • Permit/Historic Information

    Current Address: 1728 - 1780 Chicago Avenue

    Old Address:

    Date of Construction: 1865

  • Permit Moving Information

    Moving Permit #:

    Date Moved:

  • Original Permit Information

    Building Permit #: BP#4091 (brick business bldg)

    Date: 1910.08.02 (brick business bldg)

    Building Permit Description: BP#4091, 1910.08.02, 2-sty brick business bldg 40'W x 50'L x 28'H $10,000. owner Womans Chris. Temp. Union, archt Chas. R. Ayars, mason Jas. Wigginton

    Cost: $10,000. (brick business bldg)

    Original Owner Occupied?:

    Exterior Alteration Permits: BP#2294, 1904.12.23, 1-sty frame addtn 17'x16'x16' $200. carpnt A. Bartlett; BP#2977, 1907.04.25, 1-sty frame addtn 12'x12'x14' $150.; BP#2981, 1907.04.29, 1-sty frame addtn in rear 12'x12'x14' $150.; BP#8831, 1920.12.27, 2-sty brick addtn 60'x44'x43' $35,000. archt Chas. R. Ayers; BP#23075, 1940.07.02, 2-sty brick addtn to hdqrts bldg (library) $12,000. archt Earl Reed; BP#26674, 1949.09.20, frame house improv new foundation; BP#34936, 1960.09.14, exterior iron fire escape 2nd fl to grade $2,050.; 11MSWK-0125: Rebuild chimney and repoint parapet and dormer; 11ROOF-0380: Tuckpoint chminey.

    Other Permit Information:

    COA Info: 14PRES-0070: Install sign in front of property (front yard) describing Frances Willard and WCTU Historic District; 11PRES-0221: Rebuild chimney, repoint parapet wall and dormer; 11PRES-0213: Rebuild chimney using new press brick as needed, repoint with type 'N' mortar to match original mortar and joint finish as the original; 08HIS0000000046: Install sign on front yard (same as 08HIS-00000-00033); 01HIS0000000175: Remove slate roofing material, replace it with simulated slate shingles.

    Historic Info: Home named "Rest Cottage" by resident Frances E. Willard "because she found it to be a real haven of rest." blt 1865, orig 6 rooms, rooms added for Oliver Willard's widow and four children. National WCTU offices moved into north section (now museum?) after Miss Willard's death in 1898. National Headquarters blt in 1910, main part of bldg completed in 1922 to provide offices, in 1940 Frances E. Willard Memorial Library was added. Evanston Landmark. Statement of Significance "This Victorian Gothic cottage is one of two examples of a formerly common building type in Evanston to survive complete with its board and batten siding..."

    Other Sources: Evanston History Center Building Files

    Historic Info Compiler:

    Volunteer: D.Euer

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