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.

The Sought-After Tourbillon Mechanism Timepiece

Halim Family Museum of Time Glass pic

Halim Family Museum of Time Glass
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Cameel Halim guides CH Ventures, LLC, and undertakes commercial real estate investments spanning Wisconsin and Illinois. For many years, Cameel Halim has collected mechanical devices such as clocks and watches and has overseen the creation of the soon-to-open Evanston institution Halim Family Museum of Time & Glass.

One of the most sought-after timepiece types is the tourbillon, which was invented by Abraham Breguet in the late 17th century and patented in 1801. With tourbillon meaning “whirlwind” in French, the mechanism features a balance wheel that spins on itself in an oscillating manner, similar to a revolving pendulum. There are single axis and multiple axis tourbillons, with the mechanism placed in a “cage” that nestles within the watch face.

The practical purpose of the tourbillon is to counteract gravity’s effects and provide accurate timekeeping. In today’s watch market, in which the chronometer has surpassed the tourbillon for accuracy, this purpose has given way to the prestige of ownership. The extremely delicate and expensive nature of the mechanism means that contemporary tourbillon watches such as the Zenith Defy Xtreme Zero G Multi-Dimensional Tourbillon Watch retail for half a million dollars.

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.

Citizens for Kenilworth’s Fight to Save Historic Homes

Citizens for Kenilworth

Citizens for Kenilworth

 

A licensed structural engineer, Cameel Halim is the president of Wilmette, Illinois-based CH Ventures, LLC. Experienced in acquiring and upgrading old houses, Cameel Halim helped Citizens for Kenilworth preserve the architecturally beautiful homes of the village of Kenilworth, Illinois.

The group Citizens for Kenilworth was formed in an attempt to preserve the beautiful homes along the streets of Kenilworth. The houses, some of which were designed by famed architects such as Daniel Burnham, George W. Maher, and Frank Lloyd Wright, were under threat of demolition from developers seeking to build prime properties in the area.

Many of the homes include unique architectural features such as balconies, ornate detailing, and arched doorways and windows, all of which are difficult to replicate. In addition to the harm to the village’s aesthetic beauty, demolitions and new developments are a threat to the village‘s ancient trees and comprehensive drainage system.

Daniel H. Burnham – A Brief Biography

A structural engineer and real estate entrepreneur, Cameel Halim has worked to revitalize neighborhoods and preserve historic homes throughout the Chicago area. In 2005, Cameel Halim was involved in a deal that prevented the demolition of a beautiful home designed by the firm of Daniel H. Burnham.

Born in 1846, Daniel H. Burnham was a famed Chicago architect who is credited with being the father of the modern skyscraper. Burnham’s architectural career began in 1872 in the Chicago office of Carter, Drake, and Wight, where he worked as a draftsman and met his future business partner, John Wellborn Root. Together, the two men designed several well-known Chicago buildings, including the Rookery, the Reliance Building, and the Montauk Building, before Root’s early death in 1891.

Later, Burnham served as the chief coordinating architect of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition and coauthored the Plan of Chicago, which formed the basis of city planning in Chicago and other cities across the United States. Burnham also founded the Chicago School of Architecture and served as president of the American Institute of Architects. His best-known work outside of Chicago includes New York’s Flatiron Building and Union Station in Washington.