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Riverside Historic District

Riverside, Illinois
County of Cook.
National Register Number: 69000055
Resource type: District.
The threat level was Satisfactory in
2008.
Congressional District: IL-7 Certified Local Government: NO
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Current use/information: District.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - August 29, 1970):
Designed in 1868-69 by Olmsted and Vaux, Riverside was the first planned model community in the country arranged so that open spaces and parkland would be a part of urban living.

Condition:
A few teardowns have continued, although have slowed due to economic conditions. We have a demolition review/delay ordinance which allows for 30-day hold to provide time for an application for landmark designation. To date, we have not held any demolitions, as the buildings reviewed did not meet the local landmark threshold.

Historic preservation easements are held on the following properties: 111 Bloomingbank Road, 223 Bloomingbank Road, 156 Gage Road, 201 Michaux Road and 190 Nuttall Road. The historic Arcade building is undergoing rehabilitation and is under review for the Cook County "Class L" program for locally designated landmarks. The water tower received a federal rehabilitation matching grant and was restored. The Village Board of Trustees opted out of the property tax freeze program for certified rehabilitation work. The Coonley Estate owners Dean and Ella Mae Eastman received the Richard Driehaus Preservation Award from Landmarks Illinois.


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