Louise (Ouizi) Jones’ Mural on the Rockford Trust Building

(Photo by Helen Karakoudas)

(Photo by Helen Karakoudas)

Artist: Detroit artist Louise Jones, known as Ouizi.

Title: Unknown

Date: Created in 2023 as part of CRE8IV transformational art.

Location: Rockford Trust Building located at 202 W State St, Rockford, IL 61101

Description: Bold native flowers and butterflies.

Sources:

  1. Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Rockford Public Art Trail.” Website Accessed 9/20/2023. https://www.gorockford.com/things-to-do/public-art-trail/
  2. Karakoudas, Helen. “Rockford’s Mural Initiative Is Getting Bigger And Smaller At The Same Time This Year.” Rock River Current. June 1st, 2023. Web article accessed 9/20/2023: https://www.rockrivercurrent.com/2023/05/31/rockfords-mural-initiative-is-getting-bigger-and-smaller-at-the-same-time-this-year/

4th of July Fireworks in Downtown Rockford 1984

4th of July fireworks in downtown Rockford over the Rock River in 1984. These photographs were obtained by donation at RPL’s Community Scan Day event in the Spring of 2023.

Bridges/Buildings in view: Rockford Register Star News Tower located at 99 E State St.,  Jefferson Street Bridge, the United Bank of Illinois located at 120 W State St., and the Luther Center Apartments located at 111 W State St.

Source:  Addresses and building names were pulled from the 1984 City Directory located in the Local History Room at RPL.

Bridges/Buildings in view:  Jefferson Street Bridge, Rockford Public Library located at 215 N Wyman St., the Pioneer Marketing Associates building located at 127 N Wyman St., and the Rever’s Marina located at 222 N Water St.

Source:  Addresses and building names were pulled from the 1984 City Directory located in the Local History Room at RPL.

Bridges/Buildings in view:  Jefferson Street Bridge, the United Bank of Illinois located at 120 W State St., the Luther Center Apartments located at 111 W State St., the Rockford Trust Building located at 202 W State St., and the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois building located at 227 N Wyman St.

Source:  Addresses and building names were pulled from the 1984 City Directory located in the Local History Room at RPL.

Wyman St., No., 127

127 N. Wyman St.

Source: Rockford Register Star 8/2/2013

 

 

127 N. Wyman St.

Source: Rockford Register Star 8/2/2013

1531 Harlem Boulevard

1531 Harlem Boulevard

Residence of R. K. Welsh and wife, Minerva Welsh

Welsh and Welsh lawyers in the Rockford Trust Building; Vice President Rockford National Bank

 

Source: 1923, 1928, 1933 Rockford City Directories

State St., West, 206 – Rockford Trust Bldg.

Rockford Trust Building

Rooms:

101 Trust Building Barber Shop

102   Allied Employment Service

103 Rockford Safe Deposit Co.

200 Maryland Casualty Co.

Williams-Manny–Stevens & Engstrom Inc insurance

204  Hornblower and Weeks  investment securities

205   Ackerman’s Tryle Walk Shoes

207  Beneficial Finance Co.  loans

208  Continental-National Group; Continental Casualty Co.

219  Norman Merle Cosmetics Studio

220  Gilley’s Beauty Shop

301 Vacant

302 Security Connecticut Ins Group

303 Northwestern National Life Ins. Co. of Minneapolis

304 and 305   Vacant

307  Household Finance Corp  loans

308 and 309   Vacant

310  Rockford Adjustment Bureau, Rockford Investigation Co. Inc.  collections

311, 315 and 317  Vacant

314   Weingartner, J F & Son  real estate

318    Rockford Trust Bldg office

402  L J Wood  realty

403  Louis M Andria  dentist

404  Frances Pendergast real estate

405  Vacant

407-8   Mutual Benefit Health and Accident Assn Ins, United Benefit Life Ins Co. of Omaha,

United Benefit Fire Ins Co of Omaha, Mutual of Omaha Ins Co.

409   Vacant

410   Rockford Reporting Service   court reporters

411    Franklin Life Ins Co.

414, 415, 417, 418, 501, 502. 504   Vacant

503 Gladys Johns Millinery

505 Crawford & Co. insurance adjusters

506 Northern Illinois Mortgage Co.

511, 512, 514,  Vacant

515-17  Edgar H Wilson, lawyer and Donald M. Keenan, lawyer

518  American Cable and Radio Corp.   communication

601-02   Chas H Knapp Associates   real estate

603   Eugene A. Zawlocki   dentist

604-07    G A Brodine Agency, insurance, C A Brodine Agency, insurance; Traveler’s Insurance Co. of Hartford, Connecticut

605  National Surety Co. insurance; Wilson and Wilson  insurance; Kosloske Agency real estate

608, 609   Vacant

610  Edward J. Ziener  real estate and Insurance

611 and 612 and 618  Vacant

615  Page and Clark  lawyers

701   Ward Mortgage & Realty Storage

702  Ward Mortgage & Realty Co.

703 Russell J Goldman  lawyer

704 and 705 and 709    Vacant

707   Hunter G Cutting Inc  jeweler

708 Wm T Jenks   appraiser

710-11  Maternity Vogue  clothing

717   Lobdell Realty Co.

718   Fiorenza Agency Inc

801-02  Allen H Miller  osteo

803, 808, 811, 815, 817  Vacant

804    C Edward Ware, architect

805    Sidney P. Kingdon  dentist

806     George C Magnelia    dentist

807    A Michael Hess, physician

818  Willwood Burial Park cemetery, Willwood Corp, Landscape Studio

901, 904, 906, 918      Vacant

903  John T. Sowle   dentist

905   Albert S Rosenborough

907  Berry and Simmons  lawyers

908  Joseph W Lehman Jr   physician

910  Chas E Medaris  osteo; Will E Madaris  osteo

915-17   Psychiatric Clinic of Rockford

1000, 1001, 1003, 1005, 1009 and 1010  Vacant

1002  Audris Richardson  electrolysis

1004  A Reyner Eastman  architect

1008  New York Life Insurance Co.

1011  Travelers Insurance Co. of Hartford Conn  claims dept

1014, 1015, 1016  Aetna Casualty and Surety Co.  and claims dept  side ent

1017 and 1018 Vacant

1100 Canfield Canfield Franks & Lindroth  lawyers

1103, 1106, 1108  1118  Vacant

1105 Maynard & Maynard  lawyers

1107  Ralph M. Picken  Realtor

1109  Allied Employment Service  employment agency and

Kelly Girl Service     employment agency

1116 Haye and Keegan  lawyers

1201 Rockford Dental Laboratory

Source: 1962 Polk’s Rockford City Directory

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Downtown Rockford

View from Rockford Trust Building, 11th Floor,  2/3/2015, tweeted by Lauren Kravets, Channel 23 WIFR, in a story about conversion of the 11th Floor into apartments:

Trust Building view

Veteran’s Memorial Hall near Center of photograph, library at photo right of Veteran’s Memorial Hall Parking Lot, N. Main street on left hand side of photograph, N. Wyman St. along right hand side of photograph.

Source WIFR23, Twitter.com