The Garfield Ave. Historic District was the second historic district in Rockford. Haight Village was the first. Source: Rockford Register Star 12/31/1997.
“Thomas and Electa Garrison bought land beyond the city limits in 1853. In 1882 this land was subdivided into five parcels to settle the Garrison estate. The first home was built in 1911 and by the late 1920’s the long two blocks were regally adorned with stately homes of prominent professionals, entrepreneurs and industrialists. It was the city’s second designated historic district and maintains high standards for restoration and beautification.”
“Four blocks of Garfield Avenue on Rockford’s Northwest side make up the city’s second historic district. Homes in the Garfield Avenue Historic District represent a variety of architectural styles, some dating back to the turn of the last century. Many of the home represent examples of craftsmanship unique to the early 1900’s. Prominent individuals who lived on this part of Garfield Avenue include G. R. Smith, founder of Smith Oil Corporation, Arthur Ziock, owner of Ziock Sock Mills, William H. Barnes, developer of the Garfield Avenue area and G. David Sundstrand, one of the founders of the Sundstrand Corporation (now Hamilton Sundstrand).
Source: http://www.gorockford.com (Sept. 2013)