Giving a Local Architectural
Treasure a New Lease on Life
Constructed by the Curtis Remy family as a single-family home in 1883, the home we now know as Stone Terrace was transformed in 1910 from its original Queen Anne Victoria style to the Tudor mansion that stands today. Tudor-Revival was all the rage in the early 20th century and many other Victorian Evanston homes were given a similar treatment. The prestigious Evanston architectural firm, Mayo and Mayo, was commissioned to handle the Tudor-Revival makeover, resulting in the grand home that we see today.
The current owners arrived with a unique vision for the future of this house — to convert it to a bed and breakfast business, only the second of its kind in Evanston. A meticulous renovation took place over two years, and in May of 2016 Stone Terrace opened as a stunning luxury bed & breakfast.
The Renovation of Stone Terrace:The Exterior
New exterior work included two new masonry entrance piers, a new ramp leading from the driveway to the front terrace, a new elevator enclosure on the north elevation, a new rear terrace and a completely new coach house. Every window was removed and brought to an off-site restoration facility where new glass was installed, hardware was stripped and re-plated where necessary, and new glazing putty applied.
The Renovation of Stone Terrace:Preservation
All of the rooms on the first and second story are essentially unchanged from the 1910 renovation. The front door with leaded glass was added at that time. The Tudor staircase railings and paneling took the place of the original Victorian era main staircase. Most of the original flooring has been salvaged and replenished.
The Renovation of Stone Terrace:The Living Room
The living room, a splendid Beaux Arts salon facing Lake Michigan, transports you to an earlier era with its original 1910 floors, high, intricately detailed plaster ceilings and window hardware. A new 1910 bay with casement windows now inhabits this elevation.
The Renovation of Stone Terrace:The Parlor
The parlor, which now serves as the reception room for new guests, was most likely a study. It was decorated with a Tudor fireplace in 1910 as well as wainscoting and ceiling purlins. New built-in cabinets were added for the bed & breakfast innkeepers to conduct business.
The Renovation of Stone Terrace:The DINING ROOM
The dining room features wood-stained birch paneling which was restored along with new paneling under the windows to match. The plaster frieze above the paneling was in satisfactory shape; lighting was added to accentuate the relief.
The Renovation of Stone Terrace:The Kitchen
A newer kitchen and butler’s pantry were removed to make way for one large eat-in kitchen, one that would function as a 21st century workplace but keep the original’s architectural integrity.
The Renovation of Stone Terrace:The Breakfast Room & Rear Terrace
The adjoining breakfast room was originally a back-of-the-house space which was converted to a family room in the 1970s. The terrace off of the breakfast room is a brand-new amenity, made to replicate the front terrace, also part of the 1910 work.
Other Renovation Highlights
All of the bathrooms have been renovated with new tile and heated marble flooring, as well as a truly modern touch — medicine cabinets with concealed televisions.
All of the original fireplaces were restored; new tile hearths and surrounds were installed as well as energy efficient gas log sets.
The original basement was converted from mechanical/storage space to a fully livable entertainment space, with new nine-foot ceilings.
Geo-thermal heating and cooling for this home ensure a steady temperature and care for energy consumption.
Stone Terrace is a historical landmark and one of Evanston’s oldest and grandest buildings. The house’s revitalization has maintained its early Tudor design, and it welcomes guests for an outstanding bed and breakfast experience in Evanston.