Get an inside glimpse into one of Elgin's oldest neighborhoods and its cozy residences, many of which have been lovingly restored over the past few decades. ...

Once suffering from crime and blight, Elgin's inner city is enjoying a renaissance of sorts. Paul Anthony Arco explores how the city and its residents are restoring architectural history one block at a time. ...

They provide clues about our collective past, and are beautiful treasures of our region. Learn about the inventive builders of three such homes, and meet their current owners, dedicated to preservation. ...