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 😁.
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.