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Thomas Hickey 1990s house in Evanston for sale

The façade’s triangular forms, visible beams and expanses of stucco are meant to be “a modern take on one of these old Evanston houses,” said Thomas Hickey, the architect who designed it.

“I tried to blend with the neighbors (using) 21st century architecture without losing 19th century values,” he said. Nearby houses include stately Tudors and Georgians, among others.

Now retired and living in western Michigan, Hickey worked with first Chicago architectural icon Harry Weese and then his brother and sister-in-law, Ben Weese and Cynthia Weese. He designed several North Shore and Lincoln Park houses as well as apartment developments on the city’s West and South sides. Two of his notable projects are Friendship Baptist, a hexagonal church in the Austin neighborhood designed to evoke an African hut, and the Bradford Exchange headquarters in Niles that resembled a huge white circus tent. (In later remodelings, it lost that look.)

Hickey had his own Chicago firm, Thomas Hickey & Associates, when a couple tapped him to design the Evanston house for their family of four. A few years later they moved into the city, where Hickey designed two more houses for them.

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