River District kicks off Historical Walk-Abouts

2007 marks the sixth year of the Historical Walk-Abouts program presented by River District Association. The first walk-about is a self-guided tour of inside spaces used for commercial purposes and is called “Commercial Renovation Tour.”

This year’s schedule will include three free tours and two admission-charged tours.

Commercial Renovation Tour—11 a.m.-4 p.m., May 19. Cost is $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Take a self-guided tour of 10 different commercial buildings and homes that have been renovated to accommodate commercial uses such as graphic design, advertising, architectural, museum and service business offices. There are also unfinished and ready-to-move-into spaces on the site list. Start your self-guided tour and purchase tickets the day of the event at Trekk Cross-Media, 134 N. Main St. or Gary W. Anderson Architects, 333 E. State St. (rear entrance, Spafford Building). Walk or drive to each tour site. Additional sites on the tour include:

Belles Firm of Architecture, 1001 E. Jefferson St.

ginestrawatson agency, 907 E. State St.

MedicineMan, Inc. (enter through Digits), 510 E. State St.

Norstar Heating & Cooling, 122 N. Second St.

East Side Center, 220 E. State St.

Burpee Museum Barnes Mansion, 737 N. Main St.

SaavedraGehlhausen Architects, 504 N. Church St.

Former Hanley Furniture Building, 301 S. Main St.

Free Historical Walk-Abouts Series

Walk around some of River District’s residential neighborhoods with a volunteer tour guide for a couple of hours on a Saturday morning and enjoy the outdoors, hear about the history of the area, and see some really beautiful architecture of homes, churches, and even a few commercial buildings.

June 16 is the Prairie Hill Neighborhood Tour. The tour is free, and those attending should meet at St. James Church auxiliary parking lot, corner of North First Street and Prairie Street, at 10 a.m.

July 21 is the Haight Village Tour. The tour is free, and those attending should meet at Ingersoll Centennial Park, corner of South Madison Street and Oak Street at 10 a.m.

Aug. 18 is the Indian Terrace and Beattie Park Tour. The tour is free, and those attending should meet at Beattie Park Informational Circle, corner of North Main Street and Park Avenue, at 10 a.m.

Sept. 8 is an Urban Living Tour. The tour runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and cost is $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Take a self-guided tour of several residential spaces that include modern and historical buildings. Walk or drive to each site. Closer to the event date, call the River District office or visit the calendar of events page on the River District Web site for the updated list.

Advance tickets will be on sale in the River District office and some downtown businesses to be announced. River District accepts cash, check, VISA or MasterCard for payment.

The mission of River District Association is to promote a growing, thriving, prosperous business and residential community in Rockford’s downtown neighborhood, River District.

from the May 16-22, 2007, issue

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