807 Davis Street, Evanston, IL
Exterior of Sherman Plaza
|Architect||Daniel P. Coffey & Associates, Ltd.|
|Management Company||The Building Group, Inc.|
|Number of Units||253|
|Number of Floors||25|
|Type of Roof||IRMA|
|807 Davis Street, Evanston, IL|
|Distance to Public Transit||Within one block|
|Title of Land||Condominium|
This 25 story high-rise has a mixed use of primarily residential with some retail. With 253 condominiums, lofts, and penthouse residences, a garage of 1,585 spaces, and 152,000 square feet of retail space, Sherman Plaza is most definitely considered multi-talented. The building has a rectangular base containing the retail spaces and is topped by a twenty-three story L-shaped condominium tower. The retail spaces are located on the first two floors.
Built from 2004 and completed in April of 2006, the site of Sherman Plaza previously housed a parking garage of 566 cars, and used to host the World's Largest Garage Sale each summer.
The finished product of Sherman Plaza is almost identical to its original drawn design, except for its slightly shorter height which - had it been copied exactly - would have made it the tallest in Evanston, but now stands as number two at five and a half inches shorter than Evanston's tallest, the Chase Building.
Retail shops in the plaza include apparel stores like Lulu Lemon, restaurants, LA Fitness, salons and spas. Parking at Sherman Plaza is available to other shops and entertainment in the nearby area, such as the Cahn Auditorium which is located just four blocks away.
Located 12 miles north of downtown Chicago, Evanston is a suburban municipality in Cook County and one of the North Shore communities that adjoin Lake Michigan. Now home to Northwestern University and headquarters to Alpha Phi International women's fraternity, Evanston was mainly uninhabited prior to the 1830s and consisted of wetlands and swamps. Potawatomi Indians used the area for trails, with some semi-permanent settlement in the area.
Evanston was incorporated as a town on December 29, 1863, and grew as a municipality after the Civil War and was deemed a city in early 1892. During the 1960s, Northwestern University changed the city's shoreline by adding a 74-acre lakefill.
Evanston is the birthplace of Tinkertoys, and claims to be origin of the ice cream sundae.
Located just one block east from the Davis Subway Station, Sherman Plaza offers its residents a convenient, commute-free location. Access to LA Fitness is available directly from the building, and many restaurants, apparel shops, salons and spas are located in the retail portion of the building.
Ten different restaurants are found all within 500 feet from Sherman Plaza. Cafes, Lakefront Parks, Libraries, Schools, and car and bike share programs are all within walking distance.
Dog Beach Park and Centennial Park on the shore of Lake Michigan is just seven blocks east of Sherman Plaza. The Evanston Public Library is just one and half blocks north, and the start of Northwestern University campus is just north of that.
Built from 2004 to 2006 on a 2.98 acre lot, Sherman Plaza is a 25 level condominium high-rise.
It was constructed with a reinforced, cast-inplace concrete superstructure. The floor system is made up of two-way flat plates on reinforced concrete columns with deep edge beams surrounding the building’s perimeter. The building rests on a foundation of belled-caissons that extend approximately 70 feet below grade. The edge beams also serve as support to the lateral loads.
The exterior façade is made of red brick and beige concrete, elevating Sherman Plaza to that of postmodern architectural design.
Standing at 276 feet tall, Sherman Plaza is only five-and-a-half inches shorter than the Chase Building, which is Evanston's tallest structure.
The total building drift was found to be 3.1 inches, which was less than the allowable drift of 5.21 inches.
Layout and Features
Residents at Sherman Plaza can choose from a one bedroom condominium, a two bedroom loft, or a 2-4 bedroom penthouse suite with private terrace. The building steps back on the third, sixth and seventh floors and the roofs of these floors are covered by a tailored garden. The top three penthouse levels have large concrete covers, or “eyebrows,” over the balconies.
Interiors boast wall to wall carpeting, marble counter tops, cherry wood kitchen cabinetry, bathrooms with stand up showers and rain shower head fixtures and under-mount sinks. Exposed concrete and piping on ceilings give the residences a historical feel.
Contemporary finishing is employed in each unit as well as Cabrio Washer and Dryer in-unit laundry in each residence. 9'6 ceilings are found in the loft units, as well as plenty of windows with expansive views. 
There are few floor plans available for Sherman Plaza. Here is a short selection.
A full list of amenities offered at Sherman Plaza include:
- Bike Room
- Bike Trails
- Half-acre Green Roof
- Door Person
- Membership to 54,000 sq. ft. Health Club
- Common Party Room/Lounge
- Common Sundeck
- Common Business Center
- Hospitality Suite
- Parking Garage
- Central Air Conditioning
|Sherman Plaza Bylaws|
Cats and dogs are allowed at the Sherman Plaza, but pets are limited to number count and weight up to 40lbs.
Rentals are allowed.
There are no age restrictions on ownership.
Environmentally friendly materials were used in the construction of the exterior and interiors of Sherman Plaza. Each unit has individually controlled central air conditioning and heating systems for tailored temperatures for each resident.
Residents of the plaza can enjoy car-free commuting with the M line subway station just one block east of the building, and many amenities such as shopping, grocery stores, restaurants, theaters, and entertainment all within a four block radius. Many amenities are directly inside the building, and residents have direct access to the fitness center.
Energy-efficient appliances and double-pane windows in each of the residences help to keep energy costs low. 
In 1850, Northwestern University was established over a meeting of nine men, who had little money but connections with politics. The three leaders were John Evans, Orrington Lunt, and Grant Goodrich. The University was officially established on January 28, 1851. The first enrollment of a student was in November of 1855.
The University has a deep and rich history. After the Milwaukee-bound steamer, Lady Elgin, collided with the Augusta in 1860 causing the death of 287 on board. Students of Northwestern who volunteered during the tragedy, helped saved lives. Edward Spencer, class of 1862, was credited with the rescue of 17 people. Senior students of Northwestern were entrusted with a boat from the government and patrolled the lake during navigation season, from April 1 to December 1.
The world's largest lens also came to the observatory of Northwestern University in 1859 that surpassed the 15 inch lens at Harvard. In 1911, the first University sanctioned marching band was developed. The Garden Club of Evanston established the Shakespeare Garden on the University grounds to honor the 300th anniversary of Shakespeare's death. the 70- by 100-foot plot of land in 1915 to commemorate the 300th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, planting of which was completed by 1920.
During World War I and World War II, the Medical students of Northwestern were heavily involved in the hospital facilities. Northwestern revived Base Hospital No. 12 during World War II. A group of graduates and professors of the Medical School commissioned the 2,000 bed general hospital during the war.
In 1954 Melville J. Herskovits established a Library of African Studies at Northwestern. In 1964 the University completed the Lakefill expansion of Evanston. In 1965, student protested against the Vietnam War, holding debates at the campus. In 1975, students launched a dance competition and raised 12 million for charities of Chicago.
Northwestern University is now well known to be a sought after school with a widespread educational background in private research. Northwestern offers 124 undergraduate degrees and 145 graduate and professional degrees, and has one of the largest university endowments in the United States, valued at $7.1 billion.
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