Doors Open: Riverside Historical Museum

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Explore a unique collection of materials that emphasize the urban plan and landscape architecture of Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux.

The Museum promotes an awareness and understanding of the cultural and historical significance of the Village of Riverside, Illinois, a designated National Historic Landmark. Riverside is one of the first planned suburban communities and was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux. The museum has a unique collection of artifacts, photographs and archival materials that have particular emphasis on the planning and landscape architecture of Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux; Riverside’s noteworthy architectural legacy that includes public buildings and private residences designed by significant architects; and local history dating from the Native American period to the present.

The three structures of the museum campus (water tower, well house, and pump house) were designed by William LeBaron Jenney. His firm was commissioned by the Riverside Improvement Company to implement the General Plan of Riverside developed by Olmsted, Vaux and Company. The Well House (Riverside Historical Museum) and the Pump House were built of random ashlar stone; with roofs similar to the Water Tower; a decorative cornice; and arched openings. The structures are listed in the 1972 Illinois Historic Structures Survey prepared by the Illinois Department of Conservation. The Water Tower itself was designated as an American Water Landmark, one of only eight such American Landmarks important in the technological development of American water supply, in 1972 by the American Waterworks Association.

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Aug 25 to Aug 26, 2018

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