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Apartments vs. Walgreens

As City newspapers reported, the new Walgreens Company officially opened what it says it believes to be the first store in the United States to produce at least as much energy as it consumes. The three-story-high-ceilinged store is not only beautiful, but its attractiveness is in bold contrast to the style-less, mixed-up apartment building north of […]

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Barking Dogs Needed

Construction started on a $148 million apartment development in downtown Evanston.  It is being billed by co-developers Fifield Companies and Carroll Properties as the first high-rise going up downtown since the economic downturn.  A press release said the two towers will contain a total of 356 luxury units at 1881 Oak Ave. and 1890 Maple […]

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Mixed News

After a relatively long quiet period in newsworthy developments in Evanston architecture, suddenly there is plenty of news. Andy Spatz and Matthew Barry are completing a project, this time near downtown on the south end of Oak Avenue, just south of Church Street. It will be a four-unit apartment building with parking on the ground […]

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More Surprises

Current talk about architecture tends to focus on the “Modern,” often overlooking previous masterpieces, such as buildings by inadequately appreciated master Benjamin Marshall (1874-1940). He built very little in Evanston, but what he did build has easily stood the test of time and is still a visual pleasure, regardless of its location. Marshall’s talent has […]