Old House Society reveals English House history

The Old House Society did a little digging, and according to the booklet they’ve put together for this Saturday’s 10am-4pm Old House Tour, the English House was designed by well-known Bloomington architect Arthur Pillsbury and built in 1911 by grocer William L. Evans, of Evans Bros. (whose store was at 401 N. Main in downtown Bloomington). Before the house was constructed, the Evans family lived on the corner of Graham and Empire in an 1800s Victorian mansion, which was razed to make way for this structure. IWU purchased the house from Imogen Evans Hinkle, the Evans’ daughter, in 1947 to use as an art building. The interior was remodeled to provide 18 studios and workshops, including an art library and two exhibition rooms. When a new art building was constructed in the seventies, the house at 1101 N. Main became home to the English Department. So it turns out that next year will be the English House’s 100th birthday. Do I sense a celebration?

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