• 2949 Harrison Street Evanston IL 60201
    42.0628, -87.716763
    PIN: 10-11-200-027-0000
  • Local

    Within Local District?: No

    Local Dist Contrib/Non-Contrib?:

    Local Landmark?: Yes

    Year: 1985

    Local Landmark Eligible?:

    Criteria: A4: Exhibit a high quality of architectural design without regard to the time built or historic associations; A5: Exemplify the work of a nationally or internationally known architect, or major local architect or master builder.

  • National Register

    NR District Contrib/Non-Contrib:

    Within District?: No

    NR Landmark?: No


    NR Eligible?: Yes


    Alternate Address?:

  • General Information

    Category: Single Family Residential

    Condition: Excellent

    Integrity: Excellent

    Current Use: Single Family Residential

    Historic Use: Single Family Residential

    Secondary Structure:

    NR Second:

  • Architectural Description

    Architectural Classification: Neo Prairie


    Construction Year: 1937

    Other Year:

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

    Wall Material (Current): Board and Batten

    Wall Material 2 (Current): Brick

    Plan: Rectangular

    No of Stories: 2 1/2

    Roof Type: Hipped

    Roof Material: Wood Shingles

    Foundation: Undetermined

    Porch: Recessed Entry

    Window Material: Metal

    Window Material 2: Glass Block

    Window Type: Fixed

    Window Configuration: Ribbon

    Significance: Complex design by an important architect for his own house exploits simple visual means to great advantage; the horizontal direction dominates; broad, pitched shingle roof; the fascia that runs continuously across the house between its two floors and the canted board railing of the thin balcony running east across more than half of the second story; that balcony begins above the entrance, tucked into a slight recess marked by glass blocks next to the eastern end of a slightly projecting, hipped wing; on this wing's second story, a group of windows at the corner establishes a vertical accent which is repeated by a single window at that level midway to the projection's end; by a series of similar windows beyond the balcony that terminate at a massive chimney rising at the east end of the building; and by a similar, narrower series of full-height openings at the eastern end of the ground floor; at this level, at the opposite end, a low extension runs to the west; elsewhere, the design is tied to the ground with similar care. The building has excellent integrity.

    Historic Features: Hipped roof extension with second story balcony on south elevation; wood siding board and batten siding; chimney stack on east elevation; floor to ceiling window bands on first and second stories at southeast and southwest corners.


  • Historic Information

    Old Address (city dir.year):

    Building Moved?: No.

    Moved From:

    Original Owner: Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Will Jr.

    Original Architect: Philip Will, Jr. (Perkins, Wheeler and Will)

    Architect Source: 26-July 1937 Building Permit Evanston: 150 Years, 150 Places, Second Edition, Design Evanston, 2013 Evanston History Center Archives (3-ring binder)

    Builder: Philip Will Jr.

    Surveyor: Nick Kalogeresis

    Surveyor Organization: The Lakota Group

    Survey Date: 30-Jun-15

    Survey Area:

  • Permit/Historic Information

    Current Address: 2949 Harrison Street

    Old Address:

    Date of Construction: 1937

  • Permit Moving Information

    Moving Permit #:

    Date Moved:

  • Original Permit Information

    Building Permit #: 21844

    Date: 26-Jul-37

    Building Permit Description: 1-1/2 story frame residence with attached garage.

    Cost: $10,000.00

    Original Owner Occupied?: Yes.

    Exterior Alteration Permits: 03AIR0000000064: New kitchen, master bathroom and garage; 02FRA0000000272: Fence replacement. 1-October 1980. Permit #80-1629 for a fence around part of the side yard inside of hedge. Size: 3-3-1/2'H x 100'L, Cape Cod Picket. Cost: $300.

    Other Permit Information: 8-September 1950. Building Permit #27420 for a 1-room frame front addition at second floor. Owner/Architect: Philip Will Jr. Cost: $2,500. 17-May 1952. Building Permit #28501 for interior improvements and to enlarge garage. Owner/Architect: Philip Will Jr. Cost: $500. 28-September 1962. Building Permit #35938 for a 1-story frame addition to dwelling. Owner/Architect: Philip Will Sr. Cost: $1,000.

    COA Info: 14PRES-0153: Install solar water system on shed roof on the N behind gable roof.

    Historic Info: AT Evanston History Center Archives (house folder): 1980 Description of Property including 1/16" scale copy of house plans, living room photo copy, and Physical History listing interior and exterior improvements through 1980.

    Other Sources: AT Evanston History Center Archives (house folder): 16-February 1937 and 14-April 1980 Plats of Survey.

    Historic Info Compiler:

    Volunteer: Leslie Cousineau, Tony Hurtig

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