The Rookwood Garden Apartments was built in 1927 by architects Conner & O’Connor. It was originally designed as a luxury apartment complex with spacious studio, one, two, and three bedroom rental units. In 1947, the Rookwood Garden Apartments was converted to a resident-owned housing cooperative (defined Here), and remains under the ownership of resident shareholders to this day.
The Rookwood Garden Cooperative was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984. It exemplifies the early construction of multiple dwellings under one roof that include the features of the fine neighboring homes nearby. Large English casement windows, commanding garden walls and its lanon stone entrances have been carefully preserved. The building’s subtle asymmetry and its Tudor influence make it unique among Evanston’s courtyard buildings.
In addition to its beautiful architecture, the Rookwood boasts a large, private walled garden. With its beautiful trees, wildflowers, central lawn and patio, the garden is a shared asset that residents are free to use for events ranging from small family gatherings or children’s birthday parties to Rookwood all-community “garden parties.” However, it mostly serves as a simple, beautiful, and natural respite for walking, reading, or sharing coffee with a neighbor.
The Rookwood Garden Co-op is located in northeast Evanston on the corner of Noyes Street, a small commercial mecca of coffee shops, bakeries, restaurants and small retail stores, and Orrington Avenue, with its gracious single family homes and broad parkways. Just a half mile to the north and south are the vibrant Evanston downtown and Central Street business districts, offering a unique blend of one-of-a-kind boutiques, national retailers, restaurants, and entertainment venues as well as a rich theater and arts community enhanced by our close proximity to Northwestern University. With our location at the doorstep of Northwestern campus, Rookwood residents enjoy easy access to both the University’s and Evanston’s beautiful lakefront walking paths, parks, and beaches.
While street and garage parking is readily available, many of our residents find driving is rarely necessary with so many amenities within easy walking distance. The Rookwood is uniquely well-situated for ease of access to the city of Chicago and neighboring suburbs via multiple public transportation systems. We are just a block away from the Noyes Street CTA Purple Line el stop for express access to downtown Chicago and connections to Red Line CTA trains, the Evanston Metra station, and CTA busses.