Riverside Historic District (Riverside, Illinois)

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Riverside Historic District
Avery Coonley House, 300 Scottswood Road, 281 Bloomingbank Road, Riverside (Cook County, Illinois).jpg
Avery Coonley House before 1911
Location Riverside, Illinois
Built 1908
Architect Frank Lloyd Wright
Governing body Local
NRHP Reference # 69000055
Significant dates
Added to NRHP September 15, 1969[1]
Designated NHLD August 29, 1970[2]

Riverside Historic District, also known as Riverside Landscape Architecture District is a site significant for its status as one of the first planned communities in the United States. The district encompasses the majority of the Village of Riverside.[3]

According to "Riverside in 1871 With a Description of its Improvements" a booklet by The Riverside Improvement Company, The Riverside Improvement Company was established in April, 1869 to build a charming modern suburban neighborhood called "Riverside". It covers about 1,600 acres of land located on the Des Plaines River, only 9 miles away from Chicago. Fred. Law Olmsted, Esq. who designed Central Park, New York, furnished the plan of Riverside. Riverside is a very unique village among Chicago suburbs, characterized as its winding roads and green areas along the river, which are creating park atmosphere throughout the entire village.[4]

Water Tower in Riverside, IL is designed by Jenney, Schermerhor & Bogart, architects and Engineers. Alike Water Tower in Chicago, it is also a well-known landmark around this area, well-serving engineers' both purposes: a water tank protection and decorative land mark.

The district includes the streets, parkways, parklands, and historic gas street lighting in the area bounded by 26th St., Harlem and Ogden Aves., the Des Plaines River, and Forbes Rd.[3] Also included are the many homes and estates designed by architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Daniel Burnham, Louis Sullivan, William Le Baron Jenney, Frederick Clarke Withers, and Calvert Vaux.[5] Several homes, such as the F. F. Tomek House and the Coonley House, have individually received National Historic Landmark status.

The entire district was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1970.[2][6]

On 4 July, the village parade along the Des Plaines river is something to watch.

Riverside has excellent schools. Riverside Public School District 96 has award winning elementary schools: A.F.Ames, Blythe, Central, Hollywood elementary schools.[7] L.J.Hauser Junior High school covers grade 6-8. Riverside Brookfield High school covers grade 9-12.[8] RBHS is one of best schools in IL. It has strong performing arts programs such as Brass ensemble, Jazz ensemble, choir, Symphonic band activities.[9] It also provides various extra curricular activities such as dance, ecology club, news club.

Its neighboring villages are North Riverside, Berwyn, Lyons, and Brookfield, IL.

Fishing and barbequing are prohibited in parks in Riverside.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  2. ^ a b "Riverside Historic District". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2007-10-11. 
  3. ^ a b National Register Information System. Accessed 2010-19-03.
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ The Village of Riverside. Accessed 2010-19-03.
  6. ^ Charles W. Snell (February 10, 1970). National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Riverside Historic District / Riverside Landscape Architecture District PDF (506 KB). National Park Service.  and Accompanying 9 photos, possibly all from 1969. PDF (1.33 MB)
  7. ^ [2]
  8. ^ Riverside Brookfield High School
  9. ^ [3]

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