Map of Evanston, Illinois Depicting 3 Periods Indians Pioneers & Present

Rare bird’s eye view of Evanston, Illinois from the mid-1930s.

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This arresting view of Evanston, Illinois shows the northern Chicago suburb situated along the shores of Lake Michigan, with west at the top of the sheet. Buildings across both the city and the campus of Northwestern University are individually illustrated and labeled, along with major streets and rail lines. Notable examples include Dyche Stadium, the Bahai Temple, Gross Point Lighthouse, and the Willard School. Of interest to birdwatchers is the site of annual martin congregations in August.

Vignettes running across the top of the page highlight further the attractive historic architecture and civic spaces of Evanston. Two panels immediately below harken back to the generalized eras of Pioneer Days and Indian Trail.

The image was drawn by Ida Schmid Randall around 1933 and dedicated to the Friends of Evanston organization. Randall was described as an “artist, architectural draughtsman, and experienced cartographer” by a near-contemporary publication, though her cartographic work was apparently limited to this and one other map, designed for the Women’s Christian Temperance Union. Both are scarce on the market, though the view of Evanston is certainly rarer. Only three can be found in institutional collections, all of which are local (University of Chicago, Northwestern, Chicago History Museum).


Map Details

Publication Date: c. 1933

Author: Ida Schmid Randall

Sheet Width (in): 28.90

Sheet Height (in): 18.25

Condition: A-

Condition Description: Minor scattered discoloration, soiling, and wear visible in the margins. A few small tears are also present along the outer edges. Light waviness in the sheet from where previously rolled, but otherwise in good to very good condition for such a rare piece.

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