• 808 Forest Avenue Evanston IL 60202
    42.0323179, -87.6745119
    PIN: 11-19-403-012-0000
  • Local

    Within Local District?: No

    Local Dist Contrib/Non-Contrib?:

    Local Landmark?: Yes

    Year: 1982

    Local Landmark Eligible?:

    Criteria: A4 A5

  • National Register

    NR District Contrib/Non-Contrib:

    Within District?: No

    NR Landmark?: No


    NR Eligible?: No


    Alternate Address?:

  • General Information

    Category: Multi Family Residential

    Condition: Excellent

    Integrity: Excellent

    Current Use: Multi Family Residential

    Historic Use: Multi Family Residential

    Secondary Structure:

    NR Second:

  • Architectural Description

    Architectural Classification: Renaissance Revival

    Details: Stone quoin work at corners; blind arch panels over first floor windows, south and north wings; three window groupings with flanking columns topped by entablature; carved eagle panel ornament at rook line on north and south wings.

    Construction Year: 1926

    Other Year:

    Date source: Landmark nomination

    Wall Material (Current): Brick

    Wall Material 2 (Current): Stone

    Plan: U Shape

    No of Stories: 4+

    Roof Type: Flat

    Roof Material: Undetermined

    Foundation: Undetermined


    Window Material: Wood

    Window Material 2: Storm Windows

    Window Type: Double Hung

    Window Configuration: Multi Light

    Significance: Early example of an open court apartment building with 3 stories above an English basement, light tan, smooth brick walls are dressed with large limestone quoins suggesting the Mediterranean, a feature amplified by Spanish Renaissance forms at the entrances and other portions of the building. Ira Saxe, the architect, produced designs for a number of commercial structures during this period.

    Historic Features: Entrances with scroll work and ornamentation; segmented roof parapet pattern; first floor window blind arch pattern.


  • Historic Information

    Old Address (city dir.year):

    Building Moved?:

    Moved From:

    Original Owner: Anderson, DeLong, Anderson

    Original Architect: W. E. Larson Ira Saxe (Evanston Landmarks doc, 3-ring binder)

    Architect Source: BP #15108 Evanston Landmarks doc with "Statement of Significance"

    Builder: Elmer L. Anderson

    Surveyor: Nick Kalogeresis

    Surveyor Organization: The Lakota Group

    Survey Date: 15-Aug-15

    Survey Area:

  • Permit/Historic Information

    Current Address: 808-816 Forest Avenue

    Old Address:

    Date of Construction: 1926

  • Permit Moving Information

    Moving Permit #:

    Date Moved:

  • Original Permit Information

    Building Permit #: 15108

    Date: 4-May-26

    Building Permit Description: 3-sty brick apartment bldg, 27 apartments. Lots 21 and 22, Block 9, White's Add. 99'-9"W x 180'-7"L x 45' H.

    Cost: $140,000.00

    Original Owner Occupied?:

    Exterior Alteration Permits: 12WNDR-0066: Replace 109 winds at rear of bldg and N elevs; 11WNDR-0144: remove and replace 6 existing winds with new Pella architect series winds -- same size; 08RFS0000000141: Tuckpoint maintenance and lintel replacement; 08WDW0000000010: Complete bldg wind replacement; 08WDW0000000011: Win replacement; 06RFS0000000034: Apply bitumen rf system over existing flat rf areas.

    Other Permit Information: Permit #24817 for 808 Forest. 1946.26.03, new apartment in basement, OWN=Quinlan & Tyron Apts, blueprint in History Center file; Permit #1084 for 808-816 Forest, 1956.07.02, new electrical service, feeder and circuiting. Permit #79-1419 for 806-816 Forest. July 16, 1979. New roof.

    COA Info: 09PRES-0017: Remove existing double hung wd winds with divided lights on the upper sash and replace with aluminum winds with divided lights on the upper sash, EPC passed a motion to deny the replacement of winds as proposed; 06HIS0000000014: Install bitumen rf system over flat rf.

    Historic Info: Two 2-sty brick dwellings originally occupied this property with addresses: 810 Forest Ave (Permit #2213) and 814 Forest Ave (Permit #2214); bldg permits were issued to the same BLDR/ARCH Ira C. Saxe in 1904 at a cost of $4000 each; dwelling at 814 Forest AVE was moved to 92 Kedzie (Moving Permit #569 dated 1926.23.04 and its 1-sty frame gar was moved to 1142 Hinman (Moving Permit #572 dated 1926.06.06; file also indicates a Moving Permit #568 to 90 Kedzie in 1926.04; 808-816 Forest was named Evanston Landmark 1908.17.04; 808-816 Forest was known as "The Forestdale Apartments", in the file at Evanston History Center, there are 3 brochures (date unknown) with a description of the bldg and a floor plan with each unit, also includes blueprint of the basement apartment proposed layout (date unknown).

    Other Sources:

    Historic Info Compiler:

    Volunteer: Leslie Cousineau, Tony Hurtig

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