History & Community

The Village of Riverside boasts of being one of the first planned communities (est. 1869) and has several unique and defining features including curvilinear streets, ample setbacks, and pastoral parkways with open lawn and naturalistic groupings of trees interspersed throughout the Village.

Frederick Law Olmsted

Frederick Law Olmsted, the Father of Landscape Architecture, was the creative mind behind this unique design, complimenting the community's historic value. In addition the Village features the architecture of several renowned architects, including Frank Lloyd Wright and William Le Baron Jenney.
Fredrick Law Olmsted black and white photograph
Photograph of the Arcade Building with people walking outside it.


This section will highlight the Village of Riverside's historical features and give you a first-hand look at this landmark community. Here you can learn more About Riverside, view some of its Distinctive Architecture, or even plan your Visit to Riverside.

Please use the left-hand tool bar to navigate through the History and Community section, and welcome to the Village of Riverside.

For more information on Olmsted's legacy in Riverside, consult the Frederick Law Olmsted Society of Riverside.