400 Eighth Street Wilmette, Illinois

Wilmette, Illinois / United States of America

This home was designed for a woman who had raised her family in a large Georgian just down the street. She was looking for a simpler lifestyle without leaving the community she loves.

The property is 60 x 74 feet, nearly half the size of a typical lot. Zoning setbacks yielded literally no buildable area. Previous attempts by others were unsuccessful in gaining approval partly because a lot of this size could not serve a traditional program and partly because of resistance from neighbors; their nostalgia for the dilapidated cottage that sat on the site, and their fear of over-development. This property was the subject of a long-standing (and ongoing) controversy and public debate about residential lots and how much structure can be placed on them. A thoughtful design solution together with tireless advocacy before neighbors and authorities resulted in 21 zoning variations being granted.

This home resonates with people in the North Shore. Although it is small (with 2,000 square feet of living space) it blends seamlessly with its much larger neighbors. Designed for a single person, it comfortably accommodates her extended family. We have ensured its longer term viability by making it a home that can also serve a family of four in the future.

Images of the cottage that was removed, the new home, and some of my presentation artwork are attached. The drawings are hand-constructed perspective renderings. 

Architect of Record

John Vasilion
Vasilion Associates, Inc.
705 Elmwood Avenue
Wilmette, Illinois 60091
Phone: 847-256-9999

General Contractor

Andy Danowski
Dano Luxury Homes

Consultant 1

Jim Greetis
Greetis Associates, Structural Engineers
50 N. Brockway St.
Suite 312
Palatine, Illinois 60067
Phone: 847-991-4204

Consultant 2

Vincent Masse
Chamberlin Massey Engineering
14044 W. Petronella Drive
Suite 2
Libertyville, Illinois 60048
Phone: 847-362-8444


John Vasilion

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