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The doors to Chicago’s finest places and spaces don’t unlock themselves. This year, we’re introducing you to the passionate, enthusiastic people helping us put Open House Chicago 2016 together.

Angela Valavanis is the founder of Creative Coworking, a members-only workspace in Evanston for creative professionals. Angela recently purchased Colvin House, a historic 1909 private residence in Edgewater designed by influential Chicago architect George Maher. In 2016, Angela began renovations that would both preserve the historic details of Colvin House and transform it into Creative Coworking’s next location. 

Why did you purchase Colvin House? What is your plan for its future?

I absolutely fell in love with this building when I saw the real estate listing online, and then more when I saw it in person. The building is being converted into a shared workspace, meeting place and local art gallery—much like Creative Coworking’s Evanston location.

What are you most looking forward to about your first Open House Chicago?

For Open House Chicago 2016, I'm eager to share the space with members of the Edgewater community who have been curious about this building for years, and with others from around Chicago and beyond who are simply interested in architecture. George Maher did a beautiful job on this house, and the interior decorating and design done by its owners in the 1920s and 1930s is unique, to say the least.

What is the most common question you get asked about Colvin House?

People often want to know more about the various people who have owned this house over the years. My answer is that I haven't found out much yet, but I'm working on it and promise to share more when I can. I’m curious too! Stay tuned!