Edwards Place

 

700 N. Fourth St. (Cross Street: Union St.)
Springfield, IL 62702
217-523-2631
www.springfieldart.org/

This Italianate mansion, located just north of downtown, is the oldest home in Springfield on its original foundation. Once a center of social and political activity, Edwards Place serves as a memorial to Benjamin and Helen Edwards who lived here from 1843 to 1909. Among the prominent guests at their lavish parties were Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas. Much of the Victorian furniture in the home belonged to the Edwards family including the authentic "Lincoln Courting Couch" from the parlor of the Ninian Edwards home where Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd were married. Only the first floor of this historic house is wheelchair accessible but visitors can ask to see a video showing the second floor bedrooms. Edwards Place is owned and run by the Springfield Art Association. The accessible entrance is via their main building adjacent to the home.

Hours

  • Tues-Sat: 11am-2pm
  • Closed Sun and Mon
  • Note: Guided tours take place on the hour. Tickets are available the day of the tour on a first come, first served basis at the Springfield Art Association office. To schedule a group tour, call 217-523-2631.

Admission

  • Suggested donation: $3.00

Parking/Loading Zone

  • Accessible loading zone
  • Private parking lot—designated accessible space

Educational Programs

  • Type—Docent-led tours
  • Ages served—All
  • Disabilities served—All, no targeted programming. Only first floor of house is accessible to those who cannot climb stairs.

Features for People with Service Animals

  • Natural surface/grassy dog relief area
    • Location—Lawn surrounding house

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Features for People with Hearing Loss

  • Print Information
    • Brochure on house

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Features for People with Vision Loss

  • Guiding/orientation during tour—on request
  • Braille/Tactile Signage—restrooms
  • Height clearance at least 80”
  • No undetectable protruding objects in path of travel

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Accessible Entrance

  • Secondary entrance is wheelchair accessible (not a service entrance)
    • Location—Springfield Art Association building to right of historic house
    • Entry to Edwards Place is through SAA Art Gallery
  • Level entry
  • Door has at least 32" clearance
  • Threshold less than 1/2" beveled
  • Note: Entry door is heavy and has a latch that may be inaccessible. A door bell is provided to summon assistance.

Assistive Equipment for Guests with Physical Disabilities

  • None

Interior Access

  • Corridor/path of travel at least 36" wide

Elevator

  • None

Accessible Facilities/Amenities

  • Information Desk—36" max.
  • Seating—chairs with arms in SAA library
  • Drinking Fountain

Exhibits

  • On accessible route
    • First floor of Edwards Place only
  • Space to approach/view/maneuver

Performance Space

  • SAA Library
    • Location—main building
  • Moveable seating
  • Wheelchair seating
    • Number of Spaces—As needed
  • Companion seating
    • Moveable, alongside
  • Note: Library is used to screen video (uncaptioned) of Edwards Place with actors in period costume. It also allows visitors who cannot climb stairs to see the second floor of the house.

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Accessible Public Restroom

  • Single Use
    • Men's and Women's
  • Location
    • Next to SAA Art Gallery
  • Access symbol identifies facility
  • Entry door at least 32" clearance
  • Threshold less than 1/2" beveled
  • Space in restroom to maneuver-5' by 5' or T-shaped space to turn
  • Door swings in but has clearance beyond door swing
  • Grab bar behind and alongside toilet
  • Toilet height 17" to 19"
  • Roll under sink with knee clearance at least 27" high and 30" wide
  • Insulated sink pipes
  • Mirror 40" or less from floor or tilted
  • Towels/soap/vending within reach—48" or less from floor
  • Faucet controls automatic or lever type
  • Latch operable with closed fist
  • Easy grasp/lever handle or none

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