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Saving And Moving The Irving House

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Oct 11, 2014 01:08 AM
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by Eric last modified Oct 10, 2014

Landmarks Illinois and the city of Evanston send word that on Friday, October 10, work will begin to relocate the historic John S. Van Bergen-designed James Irving House to Evanston, IL from its current location at 1318 Isabella Rd. in Wilmette, IL. The house will be temporarily stored in the parking lot of the future Whole Foods location at Isabella St. and Green Bay Rd. until the new site in Evanston is ready. Read more...




 

 

House1Landmarks Illinois and the city of Evanston send word that on Friday, October 10, work will begin to relocate the historic John S. Van Bergen-designed James Irving House to Evanston, IL from its current location at 1318 Isabella Rd. in Wilmette, IL. The house will be temporarily stored in the parking lot of the future Whole Foods location at Isabella St. and Green Bay Rd. until the new site in Evanston is ready. Read more after the jump...


From the press release:

"This preservation project was brought to light when Landmarks Illinois, the state’s leading voice for historic preservation, identified the home as an important and threatened historic piece of property. Built in 1928, the house was designed by John Van Bergen, who worked in the office of Frank Lloyd Wright and served as a notable Prairie School architect.

The house is currently divided into three sections, which will be moved individually by truck. The move will take place on October 10 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Additionally, a no parking zone will be enforced on both sides of Isabella St., between Ewing Ave. and Green Bay Rd., on October 10 from 7 am. to 7 pm.

A police escort will be present and traffic will be rerouted while the house is transported. Commuters are encouraged to use extreme caution, as the structure will take up much of the street and workers will be present.

The developer who purchased the John Van Bergen Irving House hopes to build a new home on the Wilmette lot, but allowed time to remove the historic home so that it could be properly preserved. Once the project is completed and the house is in its new Evanston location, work will be completed to obtain its landmark status."

As you know, PrairieMod was there at the beginning of this saga, promoting the need to save both the Schindler/Wright cottage and the main Van Bergen residence. With the moving of the house, we can celebrate another victory against the wrecking ball. Read more about this amazing preservation effort here. As we get more news and photos of the move, we'll be sure to update PrairieMod readers.

For more information about the preservation project and relocation of the John Van Bergen Irving House, please call/text 847-448-4311. To view photos of house, follow the link.

Image via city of Evanston


 

 

 
 
 

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