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Famous Prairie School home that moved from Wilmette to Evanston seeks $600K

The John S. Van Bergen design has relocated in 2014 to avoid demolition

A living room with soaring ceilings, hardwood floors, and wood trim on the walls and window trim. It is staged with midcentury chairs and a vintage TV set.
The home features thoughtfully restored wood trim in its dining room and high-ceiling great room.
Photo courtesy of Eileen Campbell, Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty

An architecturally significant home which gained even greater notoriety after famously moving from suburban Wilmette to Evanston is back on the market with a lower asking price.

Constructed in 1928 by Frank Lloyd Wright disciple John S. Van Bergen, the three-bedroom structure was purchased in 2014 by preservation-minded architect Christopher Enck for just $10. It was then disassembled into three large pieces, placed on flatbed trucks, and hauled to its current location at 2771 Crawford Avenue.

Since then, the home received a number of upgrades, including a restoration of its original millwork and soaring great room with two-story windows. The home’s mechanical systems, plumbing, and roof are also new.

In 2016, Enck listed the Prairie School structure for $625,000 before deciding to rent it out. The property returned to the market earlier this week with a lower $599,500 asking price.

It’s unclear exactly how much went into the home’s move and subsequent restoration, but the owner hopes to break even on the project, according to Crain’s. “I would hate to have people take away the message that the project was not worthwhile,” Enck told the publication.