Riverside Improvement Company 1870 - Illinois

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Beautifully engraved RARE certificate from the Riverside Improvement Company issued in 1870. This historic document was printed by the Chicago Lithographing Company and has an ornate border around it with a vignette of a river and a fountain. This item is hand signed by the Company’s President ( Emery E. Childs )and Secretary and is over 132 years old. This is the first time we have seen this certificate. The certifcate is issued to D. S. Duncomb. It has been folded and overall is in Fine condition.
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Certificate Vignette At the edge of the Des Plaines River, some nine miles from Chicago, we find a unique example of the country's most talented landscape architects, architects, and engineers working together to create a new kind of community, one in which nature would became an integral and essential part of everyday living for all its residents. The result was Riverside, where families would dwell together amid a setting of wooded groves and meadows, along a curving stream. In 1868, a group of eastern businessmen led by Emery Childs were interested in developing a residential community in the countryside outside of Chicago. In their search they discovered a large parcel of land on the Des Plaines River owned predominately by David Gage. Taking Gage as a partner, they formed the Riverside Improvement Company for the purpose of developing the land. Being aware of Frederick Law Olmsted and his partner, architect Calvert Vaux, and their extraordinary accomplishment in Central Park in New York City, Prospect Park in Brooklyn and their impending work for Chicago's South Parks, the RIC hired Olmsted, Vaux & Co. in 1868 to design the suburban community of Riverside. Olmsted (who later was credited with being the "father of landscape architecture") believed that in order to have a rich and fulfilling 1ife, one needed to be surrounded by nature. He felt that the well planned suburb, not the cities of the day, was the place where one could find "most attractive, most refined, most wholesome form of domestic life". In Riverside, he set out to create a new community that would illustrate his ideas of "harmonious cooperation of men in a community and the intimate relationship and constant intercourse and interdependance between families". Riverside Illinois has long been considered the best example of Olmsted's idea of how suburbs should look. Riverside is a 1600 acre community along the Des Plaines River west of Chicago. The planning of the community took Olmsted and Vaux 2 years, beginning in 1868. The main idea was to secure enough space for recreation and to make sure that there were scenic areas available to all residents. To accomplish this, he preserved the floodplain and the river banks as well as two open areas of upland. The first act of construction was a shaded parkway to connect Riverside to Chicago. Also, Olmsted paid particular attention to the inner roads of the community making them as scenic as possible. He designed streets that followed the curve of the land and eased the grade of the slopes to fit his plans. Finally, he avoid all uses of right angle intersections. His avoidance of right angles created more public space, which was pleasing to him. He also decided that the areas between public streets and houses was private land with a public function: it was the transitional area between public and private. History from the Riverside Historical Commission.

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