What is special about Riverside? 

With a population of less than 10,000 this town would seem likely an unlikely destination, except for it’s unique history. 

The Village of Riverside boasts of being one of the first planned communities (est. 1869.  it was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. And if your follow my blog you will know I am an Olmsted fan, frequently making pilgrimages to see one of his many designs across the country. 

This little village was definitely worth the trip.  We wandered down many of the   curvilinear streets admiring the homes with ample setbacks, and pastoral parkways with open lawn and naturalistic groupings of trees 

And it is not just the grounds that deserve attention.  Many of the homes were built by some of the most famous architects of the late 19th and early 20th century including : Frank Lloyd Wright, Joseph L Silsbee, Louis Sullivan, William Drummond, R. Harold Zook,  and William Le Baron Jenney

 

early fall
early fall
early fall

Color for a Grey Winter day

This little red pop of color, nestled along side a fence gave me the perfect excuse to pause, catch my breath and take a photo.

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