Restoring Kenmore Avenue’s Image

 

Edgewater

Edgewater
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The owner of the newly-opened Halim Family Museum of Time & Glass in Evanston, Illinois, Cameel Halim employs his real estate experience to save local historic buildings. Alongside working to prevent the destruction of old houses in the Kenilworth area, Cameel Halim has also revitalized old and run-down buildings of little significance, such as common-corridor apartments on Kenmore Avenue in Edgewater.

The Edgewater Community Council became concerned about certain buildings on Kenmore Avenue which were becoming a blight on the neighborhood. These buildings included a particularly problematic series of common-corridor apartments, which have all the apartment doors opening out into a single corridor. Their existence contributed substantially to the area’s slipping reputation.

So far 17 of the 47 common-corridor buildings have changed ownership and been rehabilitated. Low acquisition costs allow the new owners to offer the renovated apartments for reasonably low rents to tenants who have been screened for the likelihood of stability. One of the buildings also serves as the location for an artists-in-residence program headed by Jack O’Callaghan.

These efforts continue to bear fruit in the neighborhood, bringing back its respectability and driving out undesirable elements. The new owners’ success also proves that buildings and neighborhoods in economically challenged areas can gain new life through investment and committed rehabilitation efforts.

The Victorian Cameo Glass Pieces of Thomas Webb & Sons

Halim Family Museum of Time Glass pic

Halim Family Museum of Time Glass
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Cameel Halim is an experienced Evanston, Illinois, real estate investment entrepreneur who has been collecting rare timepieces and objet d’art for decades. In 2016, Cameel Halim’s long-held dream of opening a museum featuring his extensive collection is coming to fruition with the Halim Family Museum of Time & Glass. Among the featured pieces at the soon-to-open institution is a Thomas Webb & Sons cameo glass jar from the late 19th century.

One of the most well-established Victorian glasshouses, Thomas Webb & Sons maintained a location in Stourbridge, England. At the studio, the brothers Thomas and George Woodall were particularly known for their production of classically inspired cameo glass. This style of glass came to popularity in the early 19th century, as craftsmen tried to replicate a dark blue color specific to an ancient vase unearthed in a Roman sarcophagus.

It took until the 1870s until a comparable modern cameo glassmaking technique was perfected that incorporated advanced techniques such as acid etching. Today, Thomas Webb cameo glass pieces are highly sought after and known for their rich, vibrant blues, reds, and yellows.

Antique Clock Museum Opens in Illinois

 

Halim Family Museum of Time Glass pic

Halim Family Museum of Time Glass
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The president of CH Ventures, LLC, Cameel Halim owns and manages real estate properties all over the Chicago area. A licensed structural engineer, Cameel Halim is an antique clock enthusiast.

Nearly a decade in the making, the Halim Museum of Time & Glass at 1560 Oak Avenue in Evanston, Illinois, was recently opened by Mr. Halim. The museum exhibits some of the oldest timepieces in the world, including a 17th-century elephant clock displaying a man tied to a tree that is circled by a leopard and lion every hour, a precision longcase clock that was used at the Princeton College observatory from 1817 to 1867, and a case clock that was used by the 10th Japanese shogun from 1760 to 1786.

Also on display is an early 20th-century English skeleton clock encased in a broken glass dome that has been glued together. The dome was shattered when Germans bombed London during World War II. Another timepiece on display is an ancient table clock that keeps time with a marble zigzagging along a track every 30 seconds.

The Halim Family Museum of Time & Glass’s Extensive Collection

Halim Family Museum of Time Glass pic

Halim Family Museum of Time Glass
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As the head of CH Ventures, LLC, Cameel Halim guides commercial real estate investment activities spanning Illinois and Wisconsin. An avid collector of mechanical devices, Cameel Halim recently completed the construction of the four-story Halim Family Museum of Time & Glass in Evanston.

The collection includes many of the world’s finest watches and clocks, including a number of Chinese timepieces that feature ornately designed cases and often whimsical musical elements and automatons. Among the prized pieces is an Elephant Carriage clock from China that features a gilt elephant with a vase and timepiece set on its back and an imperial retinue behind it. Many of these pieces were crafted in Europe, as well as China, for the Asian market, and some pieces are from the renowned Imperial Palace Workshop.

Mr. Halim’s collection gained a serious boost in 2001, when the owner of Time Museum in the Rockford sold his collection. Initially offered to Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry, the collection went on sale through Sotheby’s when museum did not raise the necessary funds to obtain the collection. Many of the U.S., English, Asian, and French clocks that make up the Museum of Time & Glass’s core collection were acquired by Mr. Halim through this major auction event.