A threatened Wilmette residence and cottage linked to three important 20th century architects could be spared the wrecking ball under a plan devised by the home builder who originally sought to demolish the structures.
George Hausen, owner of Schaumburg-based Housing Contractors Inc., said he would be willing to sell the main home at 1318 Isabella, designed by architect John Van Bergen, to a new buyer. A neighboring cottage, 1320 Isabella, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright's studio--its original drawings bear the name of Wright's draftsman Rudolph Schindler who later became a preeminent architect himself--would be donated to a preservation group or individual who'd be willing to move the home off the property.
"My intentions are now, after having some dialog, is that I'm more than willing to market the house at 1318 and sell it as is," Hausen said. "If nobody wants the cottage, it will be demo'd. [But] I'd give someone the time to have it. I don't even close on the property until mid-to-late April."
With the cottage removed, a new home of a size and scale compatible to the neighborhood would be built at 1320, Hausen said.