Here We Go Again...
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I recently found out that the John S. Van Bergen-designed James B. Irving Residence (1928) in Wilmette, IL is in danger of being torn down...again.Read more after the jump... Readers may remember that a little over two years ago we were altered to the danger of this beautiful Prairie School home being torn down. The situation was heightened when it was discovered that the little companion cottage to the main house had an even more...
Readers may remember that a little over two years ago we were altered to the danger of this beautiful Prairie School home being torn down. The situation was heightened when it was discovered that the little companion cottage to the main house had an even more significant architectural pedigree. While the preservation effort was successful in removing the cottage for reconstruction at another site and stalling the demolition of the main house, it appears the house has been sold to another developer who apparently has the intention of tearing it down.
I came across the sale of the home on line and contacted Lisa Roberts, Assistant Director of Community Development in Wilmette, and asked if the sale was a harbinger of trouble. She wrote:
We understand that 1318 Isabella has been purchased by Joe Rodriguez. Joe is a Wilmette resident who has a plumbing company, AAA Rodriguez. We understand Joe’s intentions are to tear down and build a new home for sale. He’s done maybe one or two spec homes before. We don’t know what the timing may be; as of right now, no permits have been applied for.
Lisa Roberts, AICP
Assistant Director of Community Development
This is difficult and upsetting news to hear considering all of the effort that went into saving this house the first time. While I was not able to get ahold of Mr. Rodriguez to confirm his plans for the property, my hope is that if he does intend to move forward with demolition, he might reconsider the need to tear this beautiful house down and work with preservationists to find a different solution.
:: If you want to help save this house, then consider contacting any (or all) of the following Wilmette city officials to voice your concern:
Timothy J. Frenzer
847-853-7509 or contact here
:: Contact any (or all) of the following Wilmette Village Board of Trustees to voice your concern:
:: Email the Wilmette Historic Preservation Commission at email@example.com
:: Contact the editors of the local newspaper that covers Wilmette so that they hear your concern:
Managing Editor of Wilmette Life
312-321-2678 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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