The historic district is located in a part of the city known as the LeClaire Reserve, and was developed later than other parts of the Reserve. It covers the 300 to the 800 blocks of East 14th Street. The earliest homes were built in the 1870s and the newest around 1910, however, most of the houses were built between 1880 and 1900.
The homes on East 14th Street are described as “solid, reasonably prosperous, and unostentatious.” They also follow changing tastes and architectural styles. The earliest style found in the district is the Italianate with its emphasis on symmetry and the horizontal. It was followed by the Queen Anne with its irregular plan, towers, variegated roofs, projecting bays and dormers and the variety of surface textures. Closer to the turn of the 20th century the Colonial Revival style became more promenate. Later the symmetry of the Georgian Revival took hold. Some of the houses show the influence of the Prairie Style. There is also evidence that older homes were remolded with the styles and textures of the later styles, so some of the houses are a combination of styles.