I went on a walking tour of Riverside, Illinois, a village that is one of the first urban planned communities in the US. I wonder if the idea of new urbanism, a mix of urban planning and landscape architecture, is a desire to escape the economic maelstrom and live within a community of parks and centers for farmer’s markets and fairs where residents can stroll around town.
Frederick Law Olmsted, landscape architect, believed in a utopian ideal for the design a community. In 1868, encompassing concepts of urban planning and landscape architecture, Riverside, Illinois, was developed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux as a sylvan-like community.
The planned community of 1600 acres of village bordering the Des Plaines River in 1970 was designated a National Historic Landmark. When you walk around Riverside, you might think that you are in an English village, an arrondissement in Paris, or Swiss hamlet; rather than a Midwestern town.
Olmstead and Vaux developed a comfortable place to live that would serve as an alternative to the chaotic life of a large city. The village’s winding streets, parks, and shops were planned for residents’ enjoyment.
There is a trail that runs along the Des Plaines River or visitors can stroll through town for a walking tour. I decided to do both the walking tour and some of the trail.
I wanted to share images of my tour of Riverside, and its historic architectural styles and trail. The photos are followed by a maps and links to resources on Riverside.
Gothic architecture features the pointed arches, ribbed vault and flying buttress.
The Chateau style architecture of building features a tower with crosses, steeply-pitched roof.
I hope you liked the tour.