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Wilmette Cottage with Frank Lloyd Wright Ties to Move North

Preservationists are seeking a buyer for the other historic building on 1318 Isabella Street.

An Oak Brook contractor plans to move a Wilmette cottage with Frank Lloyd Wright ties to Wauconda.

Joe Catrambone plans to relocate the cottage at 1320 Isabella St., to his Wauconda lakefront property, according to Wilmette Life.

In April, Wilmette village trustees approvedthat are currently there.

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Schaumburg-based developer George Hausen owns the land at 1318 and 1320 Isabella Street and was planning to demolition the buildings until he learned the significance of the structures.

On 1320 Isabella Street sits a structure designed by Rudolph Schindler, who ran Wright’s office, according to preservationists.

The house on 1318 Isabella St. was designated a “significant” structure by the Wilmette Historical and Architectural Survey because it was designed in 1928 by John Van Bergen, who worked in Frank Lloyd Wright’s studio.

The Van Bergen building is now on the market for $599,000. The developer has told Wilmette trustees he plans to work with the preservation community and the village to find a buyer, but he is not required to preserve or keep the building.

“Although the [Schindler] cottage has been saved, the clock is ticking on the Van Bergen house (1318 Isabella St., Wilmette, Illinois), which is now back on the market for a short time and faces demolition if a new buyer does not emerge soon,” The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy wrote in a press release.

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