A week before its scheduled razing—and following a pre-demolition salvage
auction—this Daniel Burnham-designed house at 157 Kenilworth Ave. was saved
from the wrecking ball in early November. Facing strong local protests, the
developer-owner decided to sell the property to another developer, Cameel
Halim, who plans to renovate the 98-year-old residence and resell it with a
Halim’s daughter, Nefrette, had led the local campaign
against the planned demolition. The Skiff House is the second local
Burnham-designed residence to be saved recently from demolition. The 1896
Root-Badger House, at 326 Essex Rd., which was listed in LPCI’s 2004-05
“Chicagoland Watch List,” is planned for renovation after a sensitive buyer
purchased it. For an update on other threatened local properties, see
www.kenilworthmatters.com. Meanwhile, Kenilworth preservationists continue to call for passage of a
local preservation ordinance.
photo: Skiff House saved just in time.