This spacious six-bedroom, five-and-a-half-bathroom Evanston mansion is almost like two houses in one.
Located at the corner of Sheridan Road and Burnham Place, the historic home was built for original owner William H. Harper in 1893 in the popular Queen Anne style. Its most distinctive architectural features, however, were not created until three decades later.
It was then that new homeowner and architect Hubert Burnham—son of legendary Chicago designer and urban planner Daniel Burnham—added a centrally-located glass-topped conservatory and a combination great hall and music room with soaring 20-foot ceilings.
While much of the property sports an aesthetic that closely reflects the Queen Anne exterior, Burnham’s addition has a distinctively old-world, Mediterranean feel. Inspired by the architect’s trips overseas, it features neoclassical columns, tall windows, tile floors, and overhead arches. A handsome stone fireplace sourced from the Renaissance-era Palazzo Strozzi in Florence is a particularly noteworthy touch.
The 6,500-square-foot home has been renovated over the years and boasts perks like a designer kitchen, a screened-in porch, landscaped grounds, updated plumbing and mechanicals systems, and a large basement wine cellar.
Situated one block from Evanston’s lakefront parks and beaches, the spacious and architecturally significant landmark at 200 Burnham Place hit the market this month. It is currently seeking $1,899,000.