Touring Downtown

by Camellia Staab May. 31, 2019 520 views

Last week DSI set up an event called The 19th Upper Story Tour. Before going into describing the event let me give you some information about DSI.

Downtown Springfield Inc. or DSI is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing economic and cultural vitality in Springfield’s historic downtown district. The organization was formed in 1993 and it is part of the Main Street America organization, whose purpose for the last 35 years, has been to revitalize older and historic commercial districts in the U.S.. Presently there are more than 1,600 neighborhoods and communities, rural and urban, who share both a commitment to place and to building stronger communities.

A strong corps of volunteers make up the DSI organization and while they are a non-profit entity they do receive about one-fifth of their funding from business memberships and four-fifth comes from sponsorship and fundraising. The 19th Upper Story Tour was a fundraiser.

There were six buildings included in this self paced tour. Some of the buildings were being restored, while others had already gone through their restoration. Some were being transformed into apartments buildings while others, actually one specific one, Brown, Hay & Stephens, (a law firm that had been founded in 1921 by Stepehens one of the lawyers Lincoln was in partnership with when practicing law in Springfield) opened it's doors to public viewing after having taken 3 years to rebuild and restore.

I had two goals in mind when deciding to participate in this tour. One goal was to see what some of these buildings have to offer as far as amenities and benefits of living downtown. Mind you living downtown Springfield is not the same as living downtown Chicago, after all Springfield's population is only 114,868.

My second goal was to take photos of items that I deemed worth capturing or ones that just took my fancy. There is lots of randomness in these photos since my taste buds where all over the place that day 😁.

The Villas- newly constructed apartment building

The Villas- newly constructed apartment building

The Villas- newly constructed apartment building

The Villas- newly constructed apartment building

Older building being renovated

Older building being renovated

Restoration of an older building....they were not posing for me

Restoration of an older building....they were not posing for me

Restoring and older building...really yellow wall.

Restoring and older building...really yellow wall.

Law office in Brown, Hay, & Stephen firm....fancy office

Law office in Brown, Hay, & Stephen firm....fancy office

The Stephen part of  Brown, Hay, & Stephens

The Stephen part of Brown, Hay, & Stephens

I looked out the windows from one of the rooms in the law office and got totally distracted by the views that were in front of me.

View of downtown Springfield from the 10th floor of the law firm

View of downtown Springfield from the 10th floor of the law firm

View of downtown Springfield from the 10th floor of the law firm

View of downtown Springfield from the 10th floor of the law firm

View of downtown Springfield from the 10th floor of the law firm

View of downtown Springfield from the 10th floor of the law firm

View of downtown Springfield from the 10th floor of the law firm

View of downtown Springfield from the 10th floor of the law firm

View of downtown Springfield from the 10th floor of the law firm

View of downtown Springfield from the 10th floor of the law firm

View of downtown Springfield from the 10th floor of the law firm

View of downtown Springfield from the 10th floor of the law firm

View of downtown Springfield from the 10th floor of the law firm

View of downtown Springfield from the 10th floor of the law firm

View of downtown Springfield from the 10th floor of the law firm

View of downtown Springfield from the 10th floor of the law firm

View of downtown Springfield from the 10th floor of the law firm

View of downtown Springfield from the 10th floor of the law firm

Parking garage and graffiti

Parking garage and graffiti

Old State Capitol Building view from the 10th floor of the law firm

Old State Capitol Building view from the 10th floor of the law firm

Old mailbox in the Brown, Hays, Stephens law office building

Old mailbox in the Brown, Hays, Stephens law office building

Reflection of church across the street

Reflection of church across the street

Church being renovated into 25 residential apartments

Church being renovated into 25 residential apartments

Doors to the entrance of  church

Doors to the entrance of church

Evaluating the scene

Evaluating the scene

The Pharmacy - gallery/ art space

The Pharmacy - gallery/ art space

The Pharmacy - gallery/ art space

The Pharmacy - gallery/ art space

The Pharmacy - gallery/ art space

The Pharmacy - gallery/ art space

Time to leave....bye!

Time to leave....bye!

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Russell Smith 1 year, 6 months ago

I love exposed bricks especially old ones they add so much texture and charcter to a room to me.

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Sydney Solomon 1 year, 6 months ago

Like # 18

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Jasmine Olsen 1 year, 6 months ago

I love the buildings you captured.... they are beautiful ! Each one has its own beauty... I think you did them justice !❤️

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Bethany Plonski 1 year, 6 months ago

Looks like a great place for photos! The colors and reflections in #13 really caught my eye. And what a beautiful sky and light in #19!

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Camellia Staab Replied to Bethany Plonski 1 year, 6 months ago

Thank you Bethany smile

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Björn Roose 1 year, 6 months ago

So, old Abe studied law somewhere after 1921 ? Sounds like a little too late to be of any use to him ... joy

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Camellia Staab Replied to Björn Roose 1 year, 6 months ago

You my friend are absolutely correct....Lincoln was rolling in his grave by 1921. I fixed my error. I should have double checked my source and I did not.....sucks to be me smile

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Björn Roose Replied to Camellia Staab 1 year, 6 months ago

Good thing you have me smile

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Camellia Staab Replied to Björn Roose 1 year, 6 months ago

Definitely!!!! Everyone needs a watchful eye over them 😁

1 year, 6 months ago Edited
Björn Roose Replied to Camellia Staab 1 year, 6 months ago

Lucky you, I'm having two watchful eyes joy But, wait, who's watching me then ? The neighbours ? The mailman ? The IRS ?   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7YvAYIJSSZY

1 year, 6 months ago Edited
Camellia Staab Replied to Björn Roose 1 year, 6 months ago

Nah it's the Chinese......they want your intelligence smile

1 year, 6 months ago Edited
Björn Roose Replied to Camellia Staab 1 year, 6 months ago

Damn pitty for them I don't have any joy

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Piotr Matura 1 year, 6 months ago

Great set of photos, I really like them. Especially how lines and colours work together in #5 and #12.

1 year, 6 months ago Edited
Camellia Staab Replied to Piotr Matura 1 year, 6 months ago

#12 is one of my favorites....would not have seen the combination of the lines and color if the shot was taken from below.

1 year, 6 months ago Edited
Piotr Matura Replied to Camellia Staab 1 year, 6 months ago

Sometimes different perspective makes really big difference and great photos, too smile

1 year, 6 months ago Edited
Camellia Staab Replied to Piotr Matura 1 year, 6 months ago

Exactly!

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Jay Boggess 1 year, 6 months ago

Love the variety in these. Very interesting! Love the compositions, colors, shadows, perspectives, lighting and clarity!

1 year, 6 months ago Edited
Camellia Staab Replied to Jay Boggess 1 year, 6 months ago

Thanks Jay, glad you enjoyed them.

1 year, 6 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess Replied to Camellia Staab 1 year, 6 months ago

Always a pleasure, Sis!

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