Tag Archives: Nan Greenough

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2015 Winnetka Preservation Awards

By Nan Greenough Every spring the Winnetka Landmark Preservation Commission accepts nominations for the annual Preservation Awards program and conducts an award presentation at a Village Council meeting in the fall. The Preservation Awards program seeks to honor construction projects that have helped preserve the history and character of the Village. Private, commercial, and public […]

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Tower Road’s Original Tower

Gazette Article by: Nan Greenough Appeared in the Gazette: Fall 1995 High on the bluffs overlooking Lake Michigan at the east end of Tower Road, a handsome 119-foot brick, octagonal tower, visible from many miles away, once identified Winnetka. Visitors to the tower cared little about the 46,000 gallon interior steel tank that provided water […]

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The Portrait of Mary Dohn

By Nan Greenough Portrait of a Young Woman in a Silk Robe. Pauline Dohn Rudolph (1865-1934) Oil on canvas. 1989.2118 One of the most beautiful pieces in the Winnetka Historical Society’s art collection is an exquisite large oil portrait of a young woman in a Chinese robe.  This summer the painting was the object of […]

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779 Bryant Avenue

Gazette Article by: Nan Greenough Appeared in the Gazette: Fall 1996 Shaw House Evokes Timeless Elegance Few architects cut across centuries of design with the aplomb of Howard Van Doren Shaw. Using historic elements in innovative ways, he seamlessly married different styles into a coherent whole. His work was stylish, yet understated. Although “architect to […]

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The Christ Church Parish Complex

Gazette Article by: Nan Greenough Appeared in the Gazette: Fall/Winter 2007 The Christ Church parish complex blends several buildings seamlessly: an inviting house-sized rectory on the south, an attractive parish house and church school in the middle, and a small chapel on the north. Rough hewn limestone walls and red clay roof tiles provide a […]

40 Woodley Road

Gazette Article by: Nan Greenough Appeared in the Gazette: Fall 2003 House of the Season: The Home and Studio of John Nash Ott If you turn down one of the many offshoots of the spaghetti-like maze that is Woodley Road, you may find yourself on a country lane that curves around to the right and […]

Burnham Plan Centennial

Gazette Article by: Nan Greenough Appeared in the Gazette: Fall/Winter 2008 One hundred years ago, Daniel Burnham and Edward Bennett collaborated with the Commercial Club of Chicago to create a new plan for the greater Chicago region. Today the 1909 Plan of Chicago still shapes how we live. Best known for its comprehensive scope, the […]

731 Prospect Avenue

Gazette Article by: Nan Greenough Appeared in the Gazette: Fall 2000 Commanding the bluff that overlooks Sheridan Road and the lake, the James L. Houghteling house at 731 Prospect Avenue is an impeccable example of a Shingle Style house, so popular at the turn of the century. Shingle Style is drawn from the Queen Anne […]

Village Green is Winnetka’s Spiritual Center

Gazette Article by: Nan Greenough Appeared in the Gazette: Summer 2004 Around Your Neighborhood: Village Green is Winnetka’s Spiritual Center After 16 years in Chicago, and with the school needs of our toddler in mind, we started to look for a house in the suburbs. A friend said, “If you’re from New England and still […]

“O” is for Otis

Gazette Article by: Nan Greenough Appeared in the Gazette: Winter 1998 Several years ago when the Minnesota Historical Society reopened its exhibit area, a unique approach was taken to interpret its history from “A to Z.” Various objects and topics were depicted by “letters,” and visitors moved through the gallery “alphabetically.” The editorial board of […]