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Glencoe Historical Society Acquires Lease to Move Booth Cottage

A major hurdle to saving the endangered Booth Cottage in Glencoe, Illinois, was crossed on Jan. 21 when the Glencoe Park District Board of Commissioners passed a land lease agreement with the Glencoe Historical Society (GHS) to allow the nonprofit to move and maintain the Wright-designed cottage in Park 7N in Glencoe, near the Ravine Bluffs neighborhood in which it’s currently located.

The vote passed 4-1, on the condition that GHS work with the board on a revision of the allowable hours of operation for its intended use as a research center and museum with a small programming space.

Numerous people have been working for months behind the scenes to relocate the house amid fears that the developer who purchased the house could still acquire a demolition permit, since the mandatory waiting period ended several weeks ago.

The next step is for the GHS, which was awarded a Wright Spirit Award by the Conservancy in 2016, to finalize its agreement with the developer to take over the cottage. The developer has agreed to hold off on moving forward with demolition for new construction until the end of January.

In addition to neighbors and Glencoe residents, Conservancy Executive Director Barbara Gordon made a public statement:

We feel that the Booth Cottage will always be in a vulnerable position in this neighborhood with little chance in its future as a single-family home. The time has come to find it a new, safe location. … We applaud the Glencoe Historical Society for stepping up and offering to take on the challenging task of moving and maintaining this important building. Over the last six months as they raced against the clock, they have thoughtfully considered this project and have responsibly conducted their due diligence. We also thank the Village of Glencoe management and the Park District for working with the Historical Society to find a solution that would keep this building in Glencoe just a short distance from its current location in the Ravine Bluffs neighborhood.”

Posted on January 22, 2020

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