A brief overview of the Pike House

The Eugene S. Pike House built in 1894 is a historic home designed by Harry Hale Waterman. It is located in the Beverly neighborhood of Chicago at 1826 W. 91st Street, Chicago, IL 60643.

Initial Site Visit and Pre-Submittal Conference: Wednesday, June 15, 2022, 10am-12pm

LANDMARKS ILLINOIS:

2022 Most Endangered Historic Places in Illinois

The Pike House is one of 5 historic sites selected for the 2022 Most Endangered Historic Places in Illinois by Landmarks Illinois. The Beverly Area Planning Association (BAPA) and the Ridge Historical Society (RHS) researched the history and submitted the application to Landmarks Illinois in January 2022 and on April 20, 2022 it was announced that the Pike House made the list.

About the Threat to the Pike House

This picturesque home is nestled at the southern edge of the Dan Ryan Woods in Beverly, very near the 91st Street Rock Island Metra train station and facing a beautiful residential area. The home has been vacant since 2015 and is deteriorating. It is in the Ridge Historic District, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Pike House, also informally known as the “Watchman’s Residence” is owned by and on land that is part of the Forest Preserve District of Cook County (FPCC). Currently, FPCC needs to find an outside user who can occupy and invest in the property through a licensing agreement. The FPCC issued a Request for Expressions of Interest on May 13. You can view and download it here.

Potential Uses for the Property

BAPA and RHS have been considering a number of possible uses (and you may have an even better one!) that could work well here. This location could be good for arts, education or a nature-oriented non-profit group. This property could have mixed-use with part of the space used for concessions or bike rentals for the forest preserve Major Taylor Trail nearby. This could be a B&B, have some event space rental or business incubator use for tech or other start-ups or building trades education.

Opportunities for partial restoration funding through grants or other means may be possible after an agreement is reached with the FPCC, and possible Chicago Landmark application and acceptance.

Contacts

Contact Grace Kuikman gkuikman@bapa.org, Assistant Director, BAPA, 773 -233-3100 or Debbie Nemeth dnemeth.rhs@gmail.com, President of the BOD, Ridge Historical Society, 773-881-1675 for information or discuss your group’s reuse ideas. These organizations are partnering to work with groups or individuals to find viable uses.

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