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River Forest Women’s Club
526 Ashland Ave.,
River Forest (Cook County)




This dark green, board-and-batten, Prairie-style building was designed in 1913 by William Drummond, the chief draftsman of architect Frank Lloyd Wright.  Drummond’s wife was an early member of the private social club that has operated the building for more than 90 years.  In recent years, club membership has waned and the costs of ongoing maintenance have become a serious financial burden.  


The clubhouse, which was built on an oversized lot, is surrounded by single family residences.  The community does not have a local preservation ordinance and, unless a sensitive new owner is identified, the lot could be cleared and subdivided for residential development. This property was also listed on LPCI’s 2004-05 Chicagoland Watch List.


Photo credit: LPCI and Marty Hackl











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