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Evanston History Center

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Address: 225 Greenwood St, Charles Gates Dawes House, Evanston, IL 60201-4713
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The Evanston History Center is located in the National Historic Landmark...

The Evanston History Center is located in the National Historic Landmark Charles Gates Dawes House. Dawes was a U.S. Vice President, World War I general, Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Ambassador to the Court of St. James and philanthropist who lived in Evanston, Illinois. It is an intact house museum and includes exhibits on Evanston history and a research room. It is open Thursday through Sunday, for tours on the hour from 1 - 4pm.

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It's All In The Game.

If stepping back in time suits your fancy, welcome to 1950's USA with an eye toward previous decades as well. The furniture and wall coverings and draperies are much as they were... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 18 September 2016
Jack M
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Madison, Wisconsin
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

Stopped here recently with a group of tour planners. Our guide was outstanding. This is a lovely home, near Lake Michigan and the Northwestern University campus, amidst other beautiful old homes. A walking tour in this neighborhood would be terrific. Didn't have a lot of time to look closely at the exhibits, but there were quite a few rooms open,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

If stepping back in time suits your fancy, welcome to 1950's USA with an eye toward previous decades as well. The furniture and wall coverings and draperies are much as they were when the Dawes family last lived here. The basement is a research center with helpful friendly KNOWLEDGEABLE staff to assist with all things Evanston and Dawes. Be sure... More 

Thank Jack M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

Lush architecture and history. Worth a visit. The mouldings, ceiling treatments, lighting all create an era gone by. Is in a beautiful setting.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016

First of all, it is directly across from Lake Michigan and Dawes Park. We went on a perfect summer day. So, the views were amazing. The hour tour was very informative on the VP and 1925 Nobel piece prize winner, Charles Dawes. All his contributions to the nation and to the growth of Chicago's north shore community, specifically, Evanston, were... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016

Charles G. Dawes won the 1925 Nobel Peace Prize for his plan to elleviate the crushing burden of war reparations Germany was forced to pay after World War 1and lived in a chateau-like house built in 1894 designed by Henry Edward Ficken of New York. Much of the original interior is intact and is well worth a serious visit.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2016

This is the former mansion of Charles Dawes, a man who apparently achieved much in American history but who I had never really heard of! A guided tour is required, but it was informative, and the last part of the tour you can go at your own pace through a few exhibits. The tour is normally $10 but we were... More 

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Libertyville, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2016

Dawes was Vice President. A few blocks south on the Lake was the residence of Daniel Burnham who helped shape the architecture and layout of Chicago. Off the beach, a disaster took place with the large propeller in the front yard retelling the story. Another neighbor was one of the world's great independent toy makers and just to the north... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2016

Very interesting history on this historic house, which now serves as the Evanston History Center. Lived in for many years by the Charles Dawes family; he was the vice-president of the U.S. under Calvin Coolidge, and held many other esteemed positions as well. The house is in fantastic shape with all the original furnishings, etc. The docent was excellent and... More 

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Evanston, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2016

We happened by one day tours were being offered, and are glad we stopped in. House itself is beautiful. A good example of life in an older era, with decoration and artifacts intact. Amazing story of Dawes. And the tour guides were quite well informed, with detailed and enjoyable responses to questions.

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Birmingham, Michigan, United States
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2016

We have taken the opportunity to tour many historical homes throughout the country so when this was brought to our attention I was looking forward to it. I think it is wonderful to have a place for history of the city, however, I was disappointed they used a beautiful historical home to accomplish that. I know a lot of work... More 

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