True to its founding ideals, Riverside attracted increasing numbers of people from the bustle of Chicago to a serene oasis easily accessible by train a scant eleven miles west of the city. Over time, this growth brought the country’s preeminent architects to contribute to the exceptional diversity of Riverside’s architecture, including Olmsted and Vaux, Frank Lloyd Wright, William Le Baron Jenney, Charles Frederick Whittlesey, Daniel Burnham, Joseph Lyman Silsbee, R. Harold Zook, Frederick Clarke Withers, Louis Sullivan, and William Eugene Drummond. Much of their work remains today.
Since its early beginnings, Riverside has remained a beautiful “Village in the Forest.” It still retains many elements of Olmsted and Vaux’s original plan, including expansive public parks, gas-lit lanterns, and curvilinear streets. In 1970, this legacy was formally recognized when the Riverside Landscape Architecture District was designated a National Historic Landmark.