Architecture plays a central role in society, reflecting the culture of the times and providing the infrastructure in which citizens live. Buildings encompass functional, environmental, and aesthetic elements, and are often considered works of art in their own right.
Champaign, Illinois was founded in 1855, and adopted a city charter five years later in 1860. The architecture of the city has evolved over the years since it's inception, as a number of devastating fires erased many of its oldest buildings.
Today, Champaign's Historic Preservation Commission identifies historically significant structures and acts to protect a designated landmark's visual appearance. The Georgian apartment buildings and the Francis and Abbie Solon House are examples of local landmarks that one can learn more about in this tour.
In the fall of 2013, undergraduate students in an Architecture 101 survey course at the University of Illinois worked in groups to develop information about the locations within this tour.