East Rockford Historic District, 200 Block E. State St., Rockford, Illinois
Explore #28 on September 23, 2020
A view of the south side of the 200 block of E. State St. in the East Rockford Historic District. Two previous posts in this series have focused on the old YMCA Building, now known as the East Side Centre, which is on the north side of the 200 block.
The five buildings in this view are all contributing properties to the East Rockford Historic District, which was first listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. The East Rockford Historic District includes some of Rockford's earliest buildings and a significant number of architectural styles that were popular in Illinois from 1852 to the present. The district still retains a high level of integrity and is currently experiencing a significant amount of renovation and restoration of its buildings. The boundaries of the district were expanded in 2015.
From right to left, the buildings are:
211 E. State St. - Originally known as the Granite Face Saloon, this two-story, Greek Revival-style building with a stone facade that was built in 1893.
215 E. State St. - First known as the Vaudeville Theater building, this Commercial Italianate building was constructed in 1904. It is now home of the Carlyle Brewing Co.
217 E. State St. - A Victorian-style, commercial building built in 1889. This two-story building has its original cast iron columns with the second story consisting of Milwaukee Cream City brick. The storefront is a reproduction.
219 E. State St. - Another Victorian building that was constructed in 1887. In the mid-20th century it was a bike shop. It is now the place of business for The Runner's Image.
221-223 E. State St. - Located on the southwest corner of E. State St. and S. Madison St., this two-story Italianate style building was built in 1867. It was originally known as Shaws Block. At one time this building was the home of Kegel Motorcycle Company, now Kegel Harley Davidson, which is the second oldest Harley Davidson dealer in the world.
Located in northern Illinois, Rockford is the seat of Winnebago County and is the largest city in Illinois outside of the Chicago Metropolitan Area. Rockford had an estimated population of 145,609 as of 2019, with the Rockford Metropolitan Area population standing at 344,623.