In Evanston, a suburb just north of Chicago and home of Northwestern University, there are several majestic homes on Lake Michigan. Charles Dawes, former Vice President, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, and Ambassador to Great Britain, was the second owner of the mansion pictured above.
Now the home is open to the public for tours and houses the Evanston Historical Center’s research center.
The home was built by a man who aspired to be the president of Northwestern University. He figured that he’d be a shoe in if he built a home in keeping with a university president, one where lavish balls could be held. Take the tour to find out how that plan worked.
The masterful woodwork. the fireplaces throughout the home are stunningly beautiful. The foyer reminded me of the Magnificent Amberson’s home, though it wasn’t as dark.
I particularly loved the library, which was Dawes’ favorite, and the light, cheerful parlor for Mrs. Dawes.
Our tour guide was friendly and knowledgeable, striking just the right tone between entertainment and education.
Evanston History Center
Tours last approximately 45 minutes.
Tickets are $10 and children under 10 are free. There’s free entry on the first Thursday of the month. Groupon has deals for small and large group tickets here.
Charles Dawes’ House is open in the afternoons from Thursday to Sunday. Check the website because when there are special events there may be no tours.