This is where I live. The Holmes Block in Rockford, Illinois, home of Zombie Logic Press, one of the Midwest's oldest independent literary presses, in continuous operation since 1997. The building was constructed in 1886. Most of the buildings in scenic downtown Rockford have a similar facade that states when the building was constructed and the name of the block. Interestingly, by block they meant the building itself, not an entire city block, as several building on one block will have the same annotation as "block." Most were built between 1880 and 1910. There are eternal rumors of impending gentrification and young professionals willing to commute from Rockford to Chicago to avoid oppressive taxes who want to buy loft space and condos Downtown and money is no object. But until that happens and I have to pack up the Zombie Logic press and class up somewhere else I'll continue to enjoy one of the best views in the entire Midwest overlooking State and 3rd Street.
|The Holmes Block in Downtown Rockford, Illinois, home of Zombie Logic Press. Illustration by Jenny Mathews.|