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Historic Neighborhood - Brown's Hills-Knightsville

  • Boundaries: N. 2nd St., Rural St./Guilford Rd., Parkview Ave., Spring Creek Rd.
  • Rockford, IL 61107

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The historic district of Knightsville is a unique community built for the sole purpose of providing housing for a single industry, the Skandia Furniture Company, built in 1889. The isolated and self-sustaining village of Swedish immigrants retained its heritage. Brown's Hills was built in the wooded area surrounding the former Horace Brown home between 1922 and 1929. The homes were built for the prominent residents of the city. They are spacious and elaborate, built on large wooded lots. It was an exclusive community where architectural plans had to be approved before a home could be built.