McClellan Heights Historic District

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McClellan Heights Historic District
Two of the houses in the McClellan Heights neighborhood
Location within city
Location Roughly bounded by city limits, E. River Dr., East St., Jersey Ridge and Middle Rds., Davenport, Iowa
Coordinates 41°31′55″N 90°32′14″W / 41.53194°N 90.53722°W / 41.53194; -90.53722Coordinates: 41°31′55″N 90°32′14″W / 41.53194°N 90.53722°W / 41.53194; -90.53722
Area 188.2 acres (76.2 ha)
Built 1905
Architect Multiple
Architectural style Late 19th and Early 20th Century American Movements, Late 19th and 20th Century Revivals
Governing body Private
MPS Davenport MRA
NRHP Reference # 84000328[1]
Added to NRHP November 1, 1984

The McClellan Heights Historic District is a 188.2-acre (76.2 ha) historic district in Davenport, Iowa, United States. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984, at which time it included 354 buildings deemed to contribute to the historic character of the area.[1] The area was known as Camp McClellan during the American Civil War, and gives the neighborhood its name. It was the largest of the five Union Army training camps in and around the city of Davenport.[2]

McClellan Heights is the largest neighborhood in the east end of Davenport. It is located east of the Village of East Davenport. It runs from Jersey Ridge Road to the Bettendorf city limits, and from River Drive to Middle Road. Four hundred houses make up the McClellan Heights neighborhood, dating from 1905-1940. The neighborhood is made up of many hills and ravines. The streets follow the topography which requires many winding roads and odd-shaped lots. The southern portion of McClellan Heights is very wooded which adds to the attractiveness of the neighborhood.[3] Developed from south to north, four very large mansions before World War I became popular for upper-middle class residents. Housing styles include American Craftsman, Prairie, American Foursquare, Colonial Revival, and Georgian. The neighborhood was mostly settled by Dutch and New England immigrants. The park-like setting, and proximity and view of the river, have kept this neighborhood fashionable even today. The houses remain in good to excellent condition. The few brick streets that run through the neighborhood remain in excellent condition.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ Svendsen, Marls A., Bowers, Martha H (1982). Davenport where the Mississippi runs west: A Survey of Davenport History & Architecture. Davenport, Iowa: City of Davenport. p. 16-1. 
  3. ^ Plan and Zoning Commission (December 1985). Historic Preservation in Davenport, Iowa.