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N 93 B 363 C 11 E Aug 16, 2020 F Sep 27, 2020
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A view of the new $2.5 million pedestrian bridge under the deck of the Jefferson Street Bridge in downtown Rockford. The new pedestrian bridge opened in 2020, and replaces the original pedestrian bridge added to the Jefferson Street Bridge in 1988. The previous pedestrian bridge had been closed since 2015 due to safety concerns.

The Jefferson Street Bridge crossing the Rock River is a major vehicular and pedestrian pathway connecting the east and west sides of the city. Built in 1925 and rehabilitated in 1994, the Jefferson Street Bridge is an open-spandrel arch with a pedestrian bridge that has been added below the deck.

Located in northern Illinois, Rockford is the seat of Winnebago County and is the largest city in Illinois outside of the Chicago Metropolitan Area. Rockford had an estimated population of 145,609 as of 2019, with the Rockford Metropolitan Area population standing at 344,623.

Tags:   Rockford Winnebago County Illinois IL Downtown Rock River Jefferson Street Bridge Open-spandrel Arch Bridge New Jefferson Street Pedestrian Bridge Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

N 105 B 484 C 15 E Aug 16, 2020 F Sep 26, 2020
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A view looking to the north at the Rock River and Jefferson Street Bridge in downtown Rockford. The bridge is a major vehicular and pedestrian pathway connecting the east and west sides of the city.

Built in 1925 and rehabilitated in 1994, the Jefferson Street Bridge is an open-spandrel arch with a pedestrian bridge that has been added below the deck.

Tags:   Rockford Winnebago County Illinois IL Downtown Rock River Jefferson Street Bridge Open-spandrel Arch Bridge Pedestrian Bridge Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

N 106 B 582 C 14 E Aug 16, 2020 F Sep 25, 2020
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Originally known as the Faust Hotel, or Hotel Faust, this 15-Story Rockford high-rise is a city landmark and contributing property to the East Rockford Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places. Completed in 1929, the building was designed by architect Eric Hall in the Art Deco-style. In its original configuration, the hotel had over 400 rooms, two ballrooms, restaurant, and an eight lane bowling alley. At a height of 186-feet, the Faust has been the tallest building in the city since its completion in 1929.

The hotel was named for Levin Faust, a famous Swedish immigrant who settled in Rockford in the late 19th Century. He came as a penniless immigrant and subsequently amassed a large fortune as an industrialist and was the principal investor in the hotel. Sadly, Faust died just after the 1929 stock market crash that triggered the Great Depression.

In its prime, the Faust was known as the premier hotel for Rockford, hosting such dignitaries as President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Senator John F. Kennedy during his run for the White House in 1960, and the King of Sweden.

In 1973, the Faust Hotel was sold to the Rockford's Tebala Shrine who renamed the property the Tebala Towers. In 1984, the building was converted into 200 apartments for the elderly. The Shriners sold the property a year later. Today the building, is known as the Faust Landmark, and is an affordable senior housing apartment community.

Located in northern Illinois, Rockford is the seat of Winnebago County and is the largest city in Illinois outside of the Chicago Metropolitan Area. Rockford had an estimated population of 145,609 as of 2019, with the Rockford Metropolitan Area population standing at 344,623.

Tags:   Rockford Winnebago County Illinois IL Architecture Hotel Apartments Faust Hotel Hotel Faust Tebala Towers Faust Landmark Main Address 618-634 E. State St. Side Address 100-110 N. 4th St. Architect Eric Hall Architectural Style Art Deco National Register of Historic Places NRHP East Rockford Historic District Reference # 80001422 Boundary Expansion 15000525 Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

N 95 B 625 C 12 E Aug 16, 2020 F Sep 24, 2020
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Rockford's Pioneer Hall was a social club for people of German descent. Built in 1890, this three-story masonry building is of Queen Anne style with Romanesque influence. Pioneer Hall is a contributing property to the East Rockford Historic District listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

A 2017 story on the restoration of Pioneer Hall by Rockford Register Star reported Issac Guerrero described the building's history: "For much of the early 20th century, Pioneer Hall was a swinging dance hall, drawing the likes of Benny Goodman and countless other musicians whose big band music blared while couples cut a rug on the ballroom floor.

"The building was later home to Pioneer Athletic Club, a boxing venue run by Sammy Mandell, whose devastating left hand made him the lightweight boxing champion of the world from 1926 to 1930. Rockford Rescue Mission bought Pioneer Hall in 1971 and operated its homeless shelter there until 1999. Most recently, the ground floor dance hall was home to a small church."

More recently in this century, the ground floor dance hall was home to a small church. Under new ownership since the 2015, Pioneer Hall is now marketed as a mid-sized music and special event venue.

Located in northern Illinois, Rockford is the seat of Winnebago County and is the largest city in Illinois outside of the Chicago Metropolitan Area. Rockford had an estimated population of 145,609 as of 2019, with the Rockford Metropolitan Area population standing at 344,623.

Tags:   Rockford Winnebago County Illinois IL Architecture Architectural Style Queen Anne Romanesque Repurposed 121 S. Madison St. Pioneer Hall Germania Hall Social Club Dance Hall Big Band Benny Goodman Pioneer Athletic Club Homeless Shelter Church The Milkhouse at Pioneer Hall Music Special Events Venue National Register of Historic Places NRHP East Rockford Historic District Reference # 80001422 Boundary Expansion 15000525 Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

N 108 B 807 C 11 E Aug 16, 2020 F Sep 23, 2020
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A view of the north side of the 200 block of E. State St. in the East Rockford Historic District. Two previous posts in this series have focused on the old YMCA Building seen at the east end of the block.

The East Rockford Historic District includes some of Rockford's earliest buildings and a significant number of architectural styles that were popular in Illinois from 1852 to the present. The district still retains a high level of integrity and is currently experiencing a significant amount of renovation and restoration of its buildings. The boundaries of the district were expanded in 2015.

Of the four buildings in this block, only the former Rockford Printing Co. building (second from left) is a non-contributing property to the historic district.

From left to right, the buildings are:

212 E. State St. - Built in 1895, this two-story Queen Anne style features an oriel bay window flanked by long, narrow, double hung windows that have a transom above each vertical opening. The storefront is turn of the century style that is wood framed. Also note the Milwaukee Cream City brick masonry on the second floor.

214-216 E. State St. - The Rockford Printing Co. building, later the Rockford Furniture Building, was constructed in 1916. A reinforced concrete building originally in the Art Deco-style, the exterior has undergone significant modifications while the interior has changed very little. The front fa├žade consisted of a white glazed brick that fell off the building and was destroyed in 2010. The building originally had steel windows on the second floor and prism glass transoms on the first floor. The building was contributing in the original 1980 district, but was dropped during the 2015 district expansion.

218 E. State St. - This mixed use building was built in 1906. The first floor storefront was reconstructed in 2010 which matched up the original wood detailing of the storefront. The second floor elevation consists of brick masonry with Indiana Limestone surrounding the windows.

220 E. State St. - Now known as the East Side Centre, this building was completed in 1889 for the YMCA. Since then it has been an office building, hotel, and is now once again an office building. The style is RIchardsonian Romanesque. Go back a few posts for a closer look and more detailed description of the East Side Centre.

Located in northern Illinois, Rockford is the seat of Winnebago County and is the largest city in Illinois outside of the Chicago Metropolitan Area. Rockford had an estimated population of 145,609 as of 2019, with the Rockford Metropolitan Area population standing at 344,623.

Tags:   Rockford Winnebago County Illinois IL Street View East Rockford Historic District National Register of Historic Places NRHP Reference # 80001422 Boundary Expansion 15000525 Contributing Properties 212 E. State St. 214-216 E. State St. Rockford Printing Co. Rockford Furniture Company 218 E. State St. 220 E. State St. YMCA East Side Centre Architectural Styles Queen Anne Richardsonian Romanesque Canon EOS 5D Mark IV


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