Busy billionaire philanthropist and retired US Army Colonel Jennifer Pritzker will be honored next month for her ongoing preservation work. The nonprofit Landmarks Illinois will honor Pritzker, along with Isobel Neal, Jeanette Sublett, Langdon Neal, and others at their annual Legendary Landmarks gala. The recognition comes on the back of a number of successful projects from Pritzker and her family-owned company Tawani Enterprises. Pritzker's knack for restoration has seen several historic Roger's Park properties find new life such as Frank Lloyd Wright's Emil Bach House conversion to vacation rentals, the 1919 Lang House relaunch as a bed and breakfast, and the 1912 former Morse Theater building's transformation into the Mayne Stage performance space. Her efforts also saw two Evanston bed and breakfasts, dubbed the Stone Porch by the Lake and The Stone Terrace, open inside a pair of carefully restored 19th century Tudor style mansions.
Jennifer Pritzker, who brought the Pritzker Military Library to the heart of the Michigan Avenue Cultural Mile in 2003, was also behind the full restoration of the nearby 1912 Monroe Building and its ornate tile lobby in 2012. In addition to restoring many historic Gold Coast private rowhomes, Pritzker and Tawani are also in the process of constructing new townhomes at Clark and Chestnut. The Legendary Landmarks event will also honor three generations of the Neal family for their ongoing commitment to historic preservation and Chicago-based construction company W.E. O'Neil for restoration work on such projects as the Oriental, Palace, Auditorium, and Chicago Theatres, as well as the Medinah Temple Bloomingdale's conversion.
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