20 apartments for rent in Enos Park, Springfield, IL
Once known as the “Jewel of Springfield,” Enos Park is identified by its beautiful homes on tree-lined streets. Bounded by North Grand Avenue on the north, Carpenter Street to the south, North Ninth Street to the east, and North Third Street to the west, this community is one of the city’s most diverse neighborhoods.
Located just north of the city’s center, Enos Park was once home to the most influential and wealthy leaders of Springfield. Many homes date to the 1800s, and there are fine examples of Victorians, Queen Anne, Craftsmen, Dutch Colonial Revival, and Italianate housing in the 36-block neighborhood. No less than 18 buildings in the Enos Park community have been slated for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places.
The neighborhood’s importance and beginnings date to 1823 when Pascal Enos was appointed by President Monroe to run the local land office. By the end of the 19th century, it was a lively neighborhood and commercial center with North Grand Avenue being the central business corridor. Both workers and bosses lived in Enos Park, and housing reflects both middle-class and wealthy residents.
The neighborhood experienced a decline in the 1970s and 1980s, but in 1989, the Enos Park Neighborhood Improvement Association (EPNIA) was formed to reverse this trend. In the past 10 years, significant improvements have been made (and property values have risen accordingly).
Local parks, including Enos and Gehrmann, are being renovated. Historic lighting has been added to neighborhood streets, and 250 trees have been planted. Decorative planters have been installed at the community’s entrances. Other beautification projects have won awards, including three for “Springfield in Bloom.” Indeed, the Enos Park community is well on its way to becoming a jewel again.