Davenport City Hall
Davenport City Hall
The Davenport City Hall was built in 1895, for the meager price of $100,000.
|Location||226 W. 4th St.
|Area||less than one acre|
|Architect||Ross,John W.; Morrison Bros.|
|Architectural style||Romanesque Revival
|NRHP Reference #||82002639|
|Added to NRHP||April 22, 1982|
|Designated DRHP||June 2, 1993|
Davenport City Hall is the official seat of government for the city of Davenport, Iowa, United States. The building was constructed in 1895. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982 and on the Davenport Register of Historic Properties in 1993.
Davenport started to outgrow its previous city hall, which had been built on Brady Street from 1857-1858. The role of city government expanded during the mayoral administration of Henry Vollmer (1893-1896). One of his major achievements were public works projects. Streets were paved in the older sections of the city as developers laid out new subdivisions around the perimeter. Because of excess money in the city's coffers, a new city hall was planned and built. It was completed in 1895 for the meager price of $100,000. Architectural journals poked fun at city leaders due to the small amount budgeted for the project. The building is situated on the northeast corner of the intersection of Harrison Street (U.S. Route 61) and West Fourth Street in Downtown Davenport.
City hall was designed by Davenport architect John W. Ross, who also designed the city's first fire station, Hose Station No. 1. It is a four story building constructed of sandstone in the Richardsonian Romanesque style. The heavy stone appearance is deceptive as the weight of the building is born by a steel frame. As is common with this style, the city hall integrates elements such as towers, rustic stone, and Roman arches. It also incorporates corner towers and gable ends. Three stories of windows line the front of the building with the two front corners containing cone-shaped roofs that stick out from the main roof. Above the entrance is a large clock tower that is taller than the rest of the building. An addition was constructed on the north side and does not correlate to the original architecture.
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