Enos Park residents seek someone to move historic house
By Jason Nevel, Staff Writer, Posted Dec. 3, 2014 @ 10:00 pm
Leaders in Springfield’s Enos Park neighborhood are hoping to save an old home on land recently acquired by Memorial Medical Center by finding someone to agree to move it to a specified location.
The Enos Park Neighborhood Improvement Association is trying to preserve the four-bedroom, 2,500-square-foot house with two bathrooms that was built in the late 1800s at 627 N. Fourth St.
Michelle Higginbotham, the Enos Park group’s president, said the home is the only building on the block that has historical significance and isn’t blighted. The house has hardwood floors, pocket doors and other features that come with classic, older homes. “It definitely has a lot of character that has never been covered up,” she said.
The new location would be at the southeast corner of Third and Rafter streets, an empty lot owned by the association. As an incentive, Higginbotham said, the association would turn over the home for free if someone paid the moving costs. She estimated it would cost less than $100,000 for the home to be moved, a new foundation constructed, utilities disconnected and reconnected, and any other associated expenses.
Contact Michelle Higginbotham at firstname.lastname@example.org or 553-4629
This is the official website for the EPNIA of Springfield, Illinois. The purpose of this website is to inform everyone of the Enos Park area and its historical significance to Springfield as well as keeping people up-to-date on the numerous activities of the Association. We have many dedicated volunteers who work hard to insure that Enos Park will be the “Jewel of Springfield” once again.
New Park Sign
The Enos Park neighborhood is located just north of downtown Springfield and encompasses 36 square blocks of residential and business properties. Once known as the “Jewel of Springfield,” Enos Park represented a diverse community of rich and influential leaders, as well as many working class families. Even today, Enos Park is one of the most ethnically and socio-economically diverse neighborhoods in the city. Its tree-lined streets are filled with unique examples of Victorian, Italianate, and Queen Anne style homes that date back into the early nineteenth century. We hope you’ll visit and take a step back in time, to days gone by, and wonder in amazement what stories these old homes would tell if they could only speak!
Ribbon cutting ceremony for the re-opening of Enos Park after renovations
Representative Raymond Poe recognizing Marilyn Piland for 20 years of work for Enos Park neighborhood.