17. Herald / Freemasons / Ginsberg Store 1866

A tall brick building with a car parked in front of it.
This Italianate commercial structure was built in 1866. It originally housed the Aurora Herald, and Freemasons. Later it was the Ginsberg clothing store. Visible on the west side, facing the alley, are the original Italianate brackets under the eaves. Note the Masonic "eye" symbol carved into the top of the limestone wall. A massive pressed metal Italianate cornice has been removed.

The building now features the collection of the Aurora Historical Society, and the Aurora Public Art Commission gallery. It was renamed after former Mayor David L. Pierce who was responsible for the building's restoration. A joint gift shop is located on the first floor. Hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.


The David L. Pierce Aurora Art and History Center
20 E Downer Place
Aurora, IL 60505