city of Quincy has some of the most impressive architecture of
any community in Illinois.
From Quincy’s earliest days of development, a remarkable
number of pre-Civil War buildings exist today. Many Federal and
Greek Revival style homes and commercial structures built as early
as the 1830s can be found in and around the core of the city near
the historic downtown area.
A strong historic preservation ethic has helped to maintain these
brick, stone and timber gems for visitors as well as for generations
of Quincyans to come.
German immigrants helped shape Quincy’s unique cultural
background and this area is known as the South Side German Historic
As Quincy experienced its greatest periods of growth between 1850
and 1880, and again in the late 1890s, the population began to
move north of the downtown into larger homes.
During the latter part of this period, growth occurred directly
to the east of the downtown area. The stately mansions and large
high-style homes of the east end of the city are probably the
most memorable Quincy buildings. Every architectural style popular
within the United States during the Civil War through the turn
of the century can be found in what is now known as the East End
National architectural movements continued to influence the designs
of buildings constructed in Quincy during the first half of the
20th century. The Prairie style, made significant by the designs
of Frank Lloyd Wright, can be found in homes throughout the city.
American architecture also influenced the designs of Quincy’s
large stock of Craftsman bungalows, identified by one and one-half
story massing, full-facade width porch and brackets along the
eave. It has been speculated that Quincy has the largest number
of such houses per capita of any city in Illinois.