St. Charles Historic Walking Tour

Discover Your Historic Side...


Explore St. Charles' Central Historic District and discover the rich history of downtown St. Charles. Enjoy walking and viewing our new self-guided walking tour of 27 historic locations. Each sign is numbered, features a historical photograph, and information to keep you following the trail. 

This newly created innovation is a collaborative effort between the Downtown St. Charles  Partnership, St. Charles History Museum, the City of St. Charles, and Historic Preservation Commission. 

Scroll down further to learn more about the Central Historic District and about the 27 featured sites. 

Use the map below to locate each historic sign

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Original Plat of Charleston, c.1835, courtesy of the Kane County Recorder’s Office.

What is the Central Historic District?

Designated by the City in 1995, the Central Historic District encompasses the downtown area and includes the original town of St. Charles as laid out in the 1830s. The District contains the classic Main Street storefront buildings, as well as St. Charles' most notable architectural icons: the Romantic Revival style 1928 Hotel Baker, the Art Moderne style 1940 Municipal Center and the Spanish Colonial Revival style 1926 Arcada Theater, all of which are also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  

The Central District Architectural Survey was completed in 1994. Its purpose was to record each of the 380 primary structures and sites within the area. A survey page was created for each structure and site which includes a photograph and information pertaining to architectural style, construction date, integrity of the structure, and significant changes or alterations.  (Information Provided by the City of St. Charles)

Want to learn more about the sites on the Historic Walking Tour?

Download the brochure here which lists the location of each historic sign.