• 618 - 640 Church Street Evanston IL 60201
    42.047983, -87.680347
    PIN: 11-18-306-028-0000
  • Local

    Within Local District?: No

    Local Dist Contrib/Non-Contrib?:

    Local Landmark?: Yes

    Year: 1978

    Local Landmark Eligible?:

    Criteria: A5

  • National Register

    NR District Contrib/Non-Contrib:

    Within District?: No

    NR Landmark?: No


    NR Eligible?: Yes


    Alternate Address?:

  • General Information

    Category: Commercial

    Condition: Excellent

    Integrity: Excellent

    Current Use: Commercial

    Historic Use: Commercial

    Secondary Structure:

    NR Second:

  • Architectural Description

    Architectural Classification: Gothic Revival

    Details: Arched main entrance With gothic tracery detailing on first and second floor spandrels. Shield and flower motifs on upper floor spandrels. East addition features furled pilasters and marble spandrels in upper floors.

    Construction Year: 1927

    Other Year: 1928: Carlson Building Annex

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

    Wall Material (Current): Stone

    Wall Material 2 (Current):

    Plan: Rectangular

    No of Stories: 4+

    Roof Type: Flat

    Roof Material: Undetermined

    Foundation: Undetermined

    Porch: Entrance Canopy

    Window Material: Undetermined

    Window Material 2: Storm Windows

    Window Type: Double Hung

    Window Configuration: 1-Jan


    Historic Features: Entrance canopy over revolving door main entrance; Gothic Revival ornamentation on west main building, Art Deco ornamentation on east annex addition.

    Alterations: Some commercial storefronts may have been altered over time with metal framing and new glazing.

  • Historic Information

    Old Address (city dir.year):

    Building Moved?: MP402 01/28/1922 2-story house

    Moved From: 1639 Orrington to 2039 Orrington

    Original Owner: Victor C. Carlson

    Original Architect: Stanley M. Peterson

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


    Surveyor: NK

    Surveyor Organization: The Lakota Group

    Survey Date: 11-Aug-15

    Survey Area:

  • Permit/Historic Information

    Current Address:

    Old Address:

    Date of Construction:

  • Permit Moving Information

    Moving Permit #:

    Date Moved:

  • Original Permit Information

    Building Permit #: BP#9458 (1633-9 Orrington), BP#13876(626-34 Church/1641 Orrington), BP#18005 (618-24 Church), BP#18229 (628 Church)

    Date: 1922.01.09 (1633-9 Orrington), 1925.05.18 (626-34 Church/1641 Orrington), 1928.05.07 (618-24 Church), 1928.07.23 (628 Church)

    Building Permit Description: BP#9458, 1922.01.09, 7-sty brick hotel (1633-9 Orrington) 82'x110'x80' $200,000. owner Victor Carlson, eng J.A. Scanlan, mason/carpnt V.C. Carlson Co.; BP#13876, 1925.05.18, 7-sty stone bldg (626-34 Church/1641 Orrington) 110'-2 7/8" x 50'-1 3/4" x 80' $200,000. owner/mason/carpt Victor C. Carlson, archt Stanley M. Peterson, eng R.G. Hauslein; BP#18005, 1928.05.07, 7-sty stone and concrete sores and office bldg (618-24 Church) $350,000. owner/mason/carpt V.C. Carlson, a/e J.A Scanlan; BP#18229, 1928.07.23, 2-sty brick and reinf conc stores (628 Church) $14,000. 15'x102'x22' owner V.C. Carlson, a/e J.A. Scanlan, mason/carpnt V.C.C. Const Co

    Cost: $200,000. (1633-9 Orrington), $200,000. (626-34 Church/1641 Orrington), $350,000. (618-24 Church), $14,000. (628 Church)

    Original Owner Occupied?:

    Exterior Alteration Permits: BP#20053, 1931.02.26, underpinning (1633 Orrington); BP#20436, 1932.04.13, new store front $2,500.; BP#20498, 1932.06.24, new store front $2,500. (624 Church); BP#21313, 1936.03.05, new store front (1633 1/2 - 35 Orrington); BP#21407, 1936.05.23, new window Carlson Bldg Annex $2,500. owner Dr. Hartlett; BP#21671, 1937.03.05, new entrance (1633 Orrington); arch Holabird & Root, contr Bulley & Andrews; BP#23524, 1941.07.23, new store front (1625 Orrington); BP#27266, 1950.07.14, new store front $8,000. (618 Church) owner Etheridge Restaurant; BP#27789, 1951.04.23, new elevator hatch and shaft enclosure 7th fl to penthouse (1633-41 Orrington); BP#28238, 1951.11.08, new elevator penthouse $500.; BP#29604, 1953.08.31, new store front $9,000 (1645 Orrington); BP#31393, 1955.07.14, 3rd fl addtn for offices $25,000.; BP#31940, 1956.04.20, new store front $1125. Maternity shop (630 Church); BP#31978, 1956.05.01, new storefront and int remodel $5,500. (1645 Orrington); BP#33485, 1958.06.03, cut west wall of 634 Church to install display counter in lobby of Carlson Bldg 7'x7' $2,500.; BP#37604, 1966.03.04, store front and int remodel for Uhleman Optical (1643-45 Orrington) $8,000.; 07MSW0000000028: Replace and remove limestone from damaged portions; 05SAW0000000072: Install (1) non illuminated wall plaque on west side of building. 636 Church Street; 05SAW0000000009: Install (3) non illuminated awnings with signage. Mt. Everest restaurant. 630 Church St.; 04IER0000000043: Remodel existing restaurant; 04RPR0000000002: Repair masonry exterior of building.

    Other Permit Information:

    COA Info: 05HIS0000000155: Strip and repaint the front entry way of the Carlson Building at 636 Church Street; 05HIS0000000093; Install for lease sign on north west corner of the Carlson Building at 636 Church Street facing west; 04HIS0000000038: Restoration of masonry (brick, stone, and mortar joints)and concrete work; 04HIS0000000018: Per Court order: Remove fire escape (7 story) from east side of Carlson Building, and brick in door openings; 03HIS0000000190: Unified sign plan subject to revising where appropriate the arch of the proposed awnings to match the arch of the window on the second floor; 03HIS0000000128: Interior alterations only; 01HIS0000000048: Remove existing front doors and reinstall revolving door and door with sidelights to provide accessible front entrance.

    Historic Info: Evanston Landmark. Statement of Significance "The most conspicuous of the many developments by Victor C. Carlson in downtown Evanston, the Carlson Building housed not only the office of Carlson's various companies but also has served as medical center since completion in 1925..."

    Other Sources: Evanston History Center Building Files

    Historic Info Compiler:

    Volunteer: D.Euer

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