Frank Lloyd Wright Trained John Van Bergen Home Moved To Evanston

Frank Lloyd Wright Trained John Van Bergen Home Moved To Evanston

The other day I wrote a blog called Historic Wilmette Home Being Moved To Evanston IL

The property was in FLW style and located in Wilmette IL which is one of my favorite villages with its cobble stone streets, vintage homes and beautiful Gilson Park Beach. The property was bought and the buyer was going to tear it down and build a modern house. Very sad for the vintage Historic home lovers like me.

Anyway, the home was saved and is being relocated to an even more favorite town of mine, Evanston IL which is my home town. During the time they are waiting to get it together they moved the home to a closed down grocery store in Evanston, the old Dominicks parking lot.

John Van Bergen 1a

Today I could not resist and I went over there and took some photos. I quote some of Wikipedia and its information on John Van Bergen first. Before I do that let me remind you that if you are ever thinking about property in Evanston IL or Wilmette IL you should talk to someone who really loves houses. That someone is me. I got into this business for my love and curiosity of architecture and getting to work with people. Some time check out Coldwell Banker Evanston.

I quote:

“John Van Bergen designed Prairie style homes, influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright. Prairie style homes designed by Van Bergen are often considered “excellent” or “outstanding” examples of the style and some of them have been declared local landmarks. In 1909 he went to work for Frank Lloyd Wright at his studio in Oak Park. At Wright’s studio he did working drawings for and supervised the Robie House and the Mrs. Thomas Gale Houses. The city of Chicago declared the Miller House, a 1915 example of Van Bergen’s Prairie style on South Paxton Avenue, a landmark on December 1, 1993. The Miller House was listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1991. In the suburb of Wilmette the Bresbach House, another example of Van Bergen’s 1910s work, is a local landmark.”

This is the Bresbach Home

John Van Bergen

Evanston Skokie 60203 Skevanston Real Estate

There is a unique area in the Evanston IL and Skokie Real Estate section that uses zip code 60203. People call this area Skevanston. It is really sort of a Skokie IL area but has the benefit of the Evanston schools district but the Property taxes are closer to the rate of the Skokie area. This area has some very nice property and offers great value. 60203 map

In 60203 there are presently 12 single family homes available ranging from $299,000 which is a 3 bedroom 2 bath Split Level home to $779,000 which is a 5 bedroom 4 and a half bath English Tudor built in 1942. There are currently 7 condominiums available ranging from a 2 bedroom 2 bath condo priced at $159,000 and at the higher end a 2 bedroom 2 and a half bathroom townhouse listed for $300,000.

In the last 12 months 56 single family homes in Skevenston have closed and 89 Condos. There are currently 8 single family homes under contract waiting to close and 1 condo.  The Chicago Tribune says that “A long-forgotten snafu created `Skevanston,’ an area of Skokie with Evanston addresses and schools but Skokie police and plowing”. “Right now there is not a clear answer,” said Mark Varner, an analyst with the city’s Geographic Information Systems office. “We’re hoping to get one [soon].”

Meanwhile, their quest to figure out what happened and when has pointed to an area that holds its own mystery: a half-square-mile cartographic oddity that is part of Skokie but where, for reasons unknown, all the houses have Evanston addresses.

It seems likely, officials said, that years ago someone added that area when totaling up Evanston’s size, and the mistake has been carried over ever since.

The only thing Evanston leaders are certain of is their land area is not 8.5 square miles, the number used as far back as anyone can recall. The truth lies between 7.8 and 8.

“It’s very complicated, which is why we haven’t come up with an actual answer for it,” Mark Varner said.

Whatever the mystery behind this is, we get many people interested to take advantage of the great values in this community. The quote I gave came from 2004 and in the last ten years has become gotten and is sort of an area that people who are familiar with Real Estate value love.

If you are interested to see for what real estate is available in Skevanston 60203 then click this Skevanston Real Estate link. If you would like any questions answered or are interested in buying or selling property then Coldwell Banker Evanston is your best resource.

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Horrible Fire Destroys Evanston Pine Yard

The Pine Yard and 3 other business in Evanston IL were destroyed late Saturday night by a horrible fine that started in the Pine Yard restaurant. the building was an Evanston landmark and also burned to the ground was Taco Diablo, Technicolor a nail salon and a bike store was heavily damages by smoke and water.

Here is a link to the Evanston Now online paper and their coverage. It is very sad because this was a beautiful old building and a horrible loss to these small Evanston businesses I had dinner with my family at the Pine Yard recently and have been going there for many years. How ironic that it happen on the 150 year anniversary of our town?

A very sad scene and our hearts go out to the people who lost jobs, the owners of the establishments and a fire fighter who hurt his ankle and was taken to Evanston Hospital.

Here is the local news coverage of the fire, this also was right across the street from our main post office which is a historic landmark building.

RIP the Pine Yard and the other places that were lost. Let us hope they rebuild and are even better for 2014.

Town meeting could be among Evanston’s last

Evanston Tuesday night holds what could be among its last annual town meetings — if a bill now working its way through the state legislature becomes law.

The bill, SB1585, was introduced by Sen. Daniel Biss of Evanston.

Originally proposed as a broader measure, Biss says it’s now been revised to only apply to Evanston Township. It has been unanimously approved by a Senate committee, and, Biss says, “I’m optimistic that we’ll be able to pass it, though of course I can’t be certain of this.”

In the last legislative session a bill filed by then Sen. Jeff Schoenberg of Evanston that would have let residents of any coterminous township hold a vote to abolish that township was defeated after the Township Officials of Illinois lobbied against it.

The executive director of the township group, Bryan E. Smith, last week sent out a memo to township officials across the state urging them to oppose the Biss bill.

In an advisory referendum last year, Evanston voters by a 2-1 margin favored dissolving the township, despite efforts at a chaotic township meeting by a handful of township supporters to block the vote.

If the Biss bill passes, another referendum would have to be held for voters to decide whether they actually want to abolish the township and turn its responsibilities over to the city.

The township, which has a budget less than one percent as large as the city’s budget, primarily administers general assistance programs for the indigent.

The township spends almost as much in payroll costs and admistrative overhead to run the program as it disburses in benefits to general assistance clients.

City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz has said he believes he could dramatically reduce those administrative costs if the city was given the job of providing those services, without reducing benefits to clients.

A financial report prepared for Tuesday’s meeting shows the township spent nearly $1.7 million last year on just under $1.4 million in revenue.

That had the effect of reducing the township’s fund balance to just under a year’s worth of operating expenses.

Town trustees, who also serve as Evanston aldermen, had criticized Township Supervisor Patricia Vance in the past for maintaining a fund balance of well over a year’s spending.

Vance, in response, had agreed to have the township pick up some payments to non-profit social agencies that previously had been funded by the city — which accounts for the decline in the fund balance this year.

The annual town meeting is scheduled to be held at 7 p.m. in the City Council Chamber at the Civic Center.

Thanks to Bill Smith of Evanston Now

My First Day as a Realtor Scared as Can Be In Evanston Illinois

I remember how excited I was to become a Realtor. This was in the good old days and homes sold themselves. I thought I could just jump in there and become an instant success. Boy was I wrong. I had previous sales experience and was over confident.

I studied the classes we had to take and asked a lot of questions. It seemed more like a business law class then how to be a Realtor now that I look back. After the class was over I did the practice tests for the licensing again and again. I was over kill because when I went in I wiped through the test and was the first person to finish and passed. I had really taken my time doing so, I have this problem of being a perfectionist or maybe it’s OCD?

I was referred to Coldwell Banker in Evanston Illinois by the wife of a fellow I worked out with at the health club, I was going at least 5 times a week. This turned out to be a great experience because the manager and I hit it off and she took me under her wing as far as procedures and asking questions. That gave me even more enthusiasm for starting the work.

The day came where I started work. Coldwell Banker made us go through a 2 week all day courses called “Quick Start”. There were many motivational speakers there and other successful realtors telling their stories of how they made zillions of sales. I enjoyed the class.

Then came the first day of work. I was given a desk and then left on my own. I saw everyone on the phone and I used my friends and business associates to announce that I was now selling homes but it didn’t click all that easy at first. The scary thing was floor duty. We had a desk up at the front and as the calls came in during your 2 hour shift you had to service their needs. I was slow at first and I remember the front desk woman telling me as I was on the phone that there were multiple calls holding and then she finally gave me a list of who to call back. We had floods of calls and sometimes 2 people at once needed for floor duty.

I got a few successful sales through floor but finally figured it out and did things my own way. I used computers, the internet and this was before many people even knew what that was all about. It is funny to me that now most everyone does this. The stereo-type of being a pillar of the community was not the only way to get business.

I have good days and bad but I have had many many happy clients (a few unhappy) but I still love my work and will do it until I am unable to walk or talk.


Noah Seidenberg
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City may sink $10M in Chicago-Main office project in Evanston


Submitted by Bill Smith on Monday, January 28, 2013, at 10:43 am

Evanston’s City Council tonight is scheduled to take a final vote on a creating a tax increment financing district for the Chicago-Main shopping district that could pump $10 million in public funds into a planned private office development.

The office building, planned for a vacant lot on the southeast corner of Chicago Avenue and Main Street, is projected to have a total cost of between $20 million and $30 million, depending on its size.

City officials estimate it would provide space to house 300 to 400 workers who would become new customers for retail businesses in the surrounding area.

They note that the intersection is one of the few in the metro area served by two different rail lines, which, they argue, makes it an attractive location for high tech businesses that want to draw young workers who now may live on Chicago’s north side.

A redevelopment implementation plan to be voted on by aldermen tonight suggests that nearly half the money — $4.5 million could be spent for a public parking garage to be included in the building and streetscape improvements around it.

Another $2.5 million could be used for site preparation and related work with $2 million used to subsidize interest costs for the project and $1 million for professional services.

The city subsidies to the office project, and another $15 million in proposed work in the neighborhood — mostly for improvements to public utilities — are anticipated to be funded by increases in property tax revenue within the TIF boundaries during the district’s 23-year life.

Top: A rendering of the proposed office building at Chicago and Main.

Evanston Neighbors, contractors turn out for high-rise meeting


Neighbors listen (top) as city planner Dennis Marino (above) describes revisions to the project plan

Submitted by Bill Smith on Friday, January 11, 2013, at 10:13 am Evanston Now

A mix of neighbors with doubts about the project and small contractors hoping for jobs building it turned out for a 2nd Ward meeting Thursday night about two planned high-rise towers on Emerson Street in Evanston.

The buildings, originally approved as separate planned developments for 1881 Oak Ave. and 1890 Maple Ave. in 2006 and 2007, are up for a possible vote by City Council Monday on revisions to their plans that combine what had been two separate parking structures into a combined base for the towers.

The new plans also reduce the height of the project. And in switching from one condo tower and one rental tower to two rental apartment towers the developers have also slightly increased the number of apartment units and reduced the average unit size.

The contractors, some of whom successfully lobbied the city for a larger role in the $18 million federally-funded Neighborhood Stablization Program housing rehabilitation program, are hoping the new private development will also help them grow their businesses.

Neighbors voiced a variety of concerns — many related to the traffic impact of the project. But they were told that an updated traffic study shows the project would not adversely impact traffic in the area.

They also asked who would pay for planned improvements to the streetscape around the buildings and were told that tab would be picked up by the developers.

The revised planned development proposal (.pdf)