Take advantage of the last warm weekend of the year to get out and visit six beautiful historic homes in Enos Park! The tour of “open” homes starts at noon. (refer to flyer below)
Following the home tour you can enjoy the “Quarter Auction”, a fundraiser for the Northside Children’s Library. Doors open 1:00 p.m. at the Third Presbyterian Church (1030 N. 7th St.). Bidding will start at 2 p.m. Register and get your paddles for $2. Refreshments will be available.
After the auction you’re invited to an “Apple Open House” dinner of pork & apple stew, apple salad(s), apple desserts, apple cider (hard & not), and other delicious apple related dishes!! Our host will be Joe & Susan Eby (3100 Red Bud Lane, Springfield). The dinner is part of the Community Missions Network’s commitment to help fund the instillation of a water line to the open lot to be used as the Enos Park apple orchard. The dinner goes from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. Please RSVP by e-mailing email@example.com
As we near the end of an extremely busy year, I would like to ask all of you to join us as 2014 members. Your financial support, helps us, help other groups and organizations contributing to the revitalization of our historic neighborhood. Click here to renew your EPNIA Membership…
Ryan and Dawn Mobley are married and have 5 kids. Ryan works for Habitat for Humanity and Dawn is a stay at home mom. They were interested in Enos Park because of the vision the in wanting to restore the neighborhood and also because of the discounted house and the history. They also really enjoy the community throughout Enos Park.
History of the house
The house is Victorian style early 1900’s. It is around 3,000 square feet and has 3 floors and a basement.
What they’ve done…
Ryan and Dawn are doing the renovating themselves and also hiring electricians and other people to help out with the process. They said the biggest challenge is staying on budget.
1) Giant Sliding Door- this door separates the living room from the spare room. But by opening this door it connects the two rooms.
2) Fireplace- older style fireplace, shows the historical presence in the house. Its located in the dining room off the kitchen.
3) Staircase- classic, wrap around staircase with 40 total steps from bottom to top floor.
Ryan and Dawn are very happy with the house and excited to finish the renovations. Expected finish- Summer 2013!!
Jermaine Ward and his girlfriend April wanted to live in an historic neighborhood and found Enos Park through the local newspaper. They are both from Sparta, Illinois. Jermaine’s occupation is construction and his girlfriend April is a CNA at a hospital. He said one of the main reasons he picked Enos Park to live in was that he liked the neighborhood and all of the big houses.
History of the house
Jermaine said that the house was originally a group home at one time and he said the style of the house was Victorian 1800’s. The house is 2,300 square feet.
What they’ve done…
Jermaine and April have been doing primarily all of the construction and renovations to the house while working along with the city.
1) Waterfall- as you walk into the home. It is run off of recycled water.
2) Master bed/bath- They have re-tiled the floor and the tub area and added new sinks and has a walk-in shower. Also added a new sink and lighting.
3) Kitchen- They have added new ceiling and floor tiles, new cabinets and appliances, lights and counter top.
Jermaine and April are very happy with the progress of the house and are expecting renovation completion Summer 2013!!
14 houses in a variety of conditions:
Vacant, partially renovated, completely revitalized
Purchase Tickets Pre-event tickets $5 can be purchased at:
Qik n EZ
Susie Q’s, 716 E Enos
Bicycle Doctor, 1037 N 5th Street
Art Association, 700 N 4th Street
Tickets are printed with information about redeeming them at Susie Q’s, Bicycle Doctor, and Art Association on Saturday for the Before and After Home Tour Guide which will be the admission pass to the homes.
Day of event tickets are $10 and can be purchased at our three neighborhood outlets:
Start at the Art Association, 700 North 4th Street Enos Park Land Bank tour of available properties for sale to “Urban Pioneers”!
We currently have 40+ properties in our land bank, and while the majority of these are vacant lots, there are about half a dozen houses that are candidates for renovation, in addition to two commercial properties.
We need people with a pioneering spirit who are not afraid to live in a neighborhood that doesn’t have matching mailboxes or a golf course nearby. We want people who appreciate the unique housing stock in the area and want to contribute to it through their own revitalization efforts. We are also looking for people who will commit to keeping the properties as single family, owner-occupied homes that fit within our design standards.
This year, instead of holding a fall historic homes tour, we have decided to hold an Urban Pioneer Tour. On Saturday, October 8 from 1 to 4 p m. we will have our available properties open for people to walk through and see the potential for themselves. The Art Association will be the starting point for people to pick up maps and information about the properties. Board members will be on hand as well as representatives from local lending institutions and other groups that have partnered with us.
All along, we have only intended to be the middle man as we buy up the worst properties and try to get them into good hands. Right now we have more properties than we have partners, so we’re looking for a few good urban pioneers! We hope you’ll join us on October 8th and see what Enos Park has to offer.