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My Old House: 7 Evanston

1:54 PM  Sep 11th, 2013
by Megan Garrison '14

In August 2007, Brian Hoffer, Ashton Berner, Nick Adams, Scott Rotterman and Alex Urban moved into 7 Evanston, a landlord house that had plenty of what former residents call “personality.”

“There was a mice problem at one point and the flies were awful in the summer,” said Hoffer ’09, a marketing major with a minor in finance who now works as the senior logistics account executive for Total Quality Logistics. “We had a good relationship with the maintenance staff, and there was a lot of sticky paper.”

While 7 Evanston might have had its problems with nature, Hoffer recalls how wonderful its porch was.

“The porch might have sagged a little, but it was great to just sit out there on a nice day and people watch,” Hoffer said.

The house still boasts a rather impressive porch, a fact the residents this past summer enjoyed. Ryan Richardson ’14, an industrial engineering technology major, shared how the porch made their summer.

“We spent a lot of time out there,” Richardson said. “And we talked to a lot of people as they walked by. We also caught a lot of really good sand volleyball match- es across the street. Sometimes we even joined in.”

The home’s character is what binds residents, past and present.

“We hit our heads quite a bit on the low-hanging ceiling when walking down the stairs,” joked Hoffer. Suffering from the same problem, this summer’s residents duct-taped a pool noodle on the edge of the ceiling for cushioning, an idea that  offer calls “quite genius.”

Whether residents of 7 Evanston were battling flies, scooping mud from the carpet after a rain- drenched Halloween party or sitting on the porch in the hot summer sun, the home remains fondly in students’ memories.

Take a visit through the house with today’s residents.

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