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impressive home, more impressive owner

This mansion on Lake Michigan was first owned by a man aspiring to be Northwestern's president, and... read more

Reviewed October 14, 2018
Lexington, Massachusetts
Nostalgic Architecture!!!

This is the best history center that I saw! Location is nice. Visitors can enjoy the nice breezes... read more

Reviewed September 19, 2018
taufica n
DeKalb, Illinois
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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...more
225 Greenwood St, Charles Gates Dawes House, Evanston, IL 60201-4713
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Reviewed October 14, 2018

This mansion on Lake Michigan was first owned by a man aspiring to be Northwestern's president, and was designed with entertaining large groups in mind. Now named for the second owner, Charles Gates Dawes, it is a tribute to a businessman, U.S. vice president, and...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 19, 2018

This is the best history center that I saw! Location is nice. Visitors can enjoy the nice breezes of Michigan lake. We can carry camera, water bottle. I recommend the short visit to stay inside the building.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank taufica n
Reviewed August 27, 2018

Sharing pictures of historic Evanston and surrounding areas was facinating How the area has changed in over a hundred years. The lakefront and surrounding buildings along with the streets and public vendors, a real step back in time

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 21, 2018

Visit this elaborate house to hear the interesting story of Charles Dawes, a person who is little known but who became the US vice president. The docent had so much information not just about the house but also the man himself that it was difficult...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Graham C
Reviewed July 4, 2018

The Evanston History Center is a gem for people who want to know more about the city while admiring beautiful views of Lake Michigan. The building is the former home of the 30th US Vice President, Charles Dawes and has been carefully maintained since it...More

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank dmellinger2017
Reviewed June 10, 2018 via mobile

I didn’t know anything about Charles Dawes before my recent trip to Evanston, but there are few men in American history who could claim a broader more diverse impact. From positions in the Treasury under McKinley to Brigadier General in WWI to Coolidge’s VP to...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank DandKw_3Kids
Reviewed December 8, 2017

It's one of the attractions in the Open house Chicago,the building is beautiful, inside is gorgeous, and there is a pianist playing the piano through the open house period, very nice. when you go upstairs, it's a tiny museum, showing different things related to the...More

Date of experience: October 2017
1  Thank ELKW
Reviewed December 7, 2017

This is a great gem in Evanston and a really wonderful tour of a beautiful and historic house. The guides are extremely knowledgeable and we have learned something new each of the 3 times we have brought guests there. It's well worth the donation.

Date of experience: November 2017
1  Thank edward d
Reviewed September 6, 2017 via mobile

It is a lovingly restored old mansion. It's wonderful to feel the sense of history in this house. We recommend people go and feel the arura of years gone by.

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank JerryG125
Reviewed August 28, 2017 via mobile

We found this to be a highlight of the area. This is the Dawes house as in vp of the US. Great snapshot of an amazing individual in an amazing time. The tour is well worth the effort. The docent was excellent. Allow an hour...More

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank mentldentl
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