Scott County Jail

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Scott County Jail
Scott Co jail davenport iowa.jpg
1897 jail
Scott County Jail is located in Iowa
Scott County Jail
Location 428 Ripley St.
Davenport, Iowa
Coordinates 41°31′28″N 90°34′45″W / 41.52444°N 90.57917°W / 41.52444; -90.57917Coordinates: 41°31′28″N 90°34′45″W / 41.52444°N 90.57917°W / 41.52444; -90.57917
Area 1 acre (0.40 ha)
Built 1897
Architect Frederick G. Clausen
Architectural style Italianate
Governing body Local
MPS Davenport MRA
NRHP Reference # 83002502[1]
Added to NRHP July 07, 1983

The Scott County Jail was built in 1897 and is the main detention facility for Scott County, Iowa, USA.[2] Inmates are housed no more than one year, by Iowa law.[2] An annex was built on to the jail in 1983.[3]

The jail is a four story building, and faces south on West Fourth Street in Downtown Davenport. It is in the same building as the Scott County Courthouse and is connected via a skywalk to the Davenport Police Station. The jail has a capacity of 354 inmates.[4] In 1999, the capacity was capped at 214.[5] A $29.7 million upgrade expanded the housing to the current 354.[5] Between the main downtown facility and the annex in northern Davenport, 500 inmates can be housed in the county.[5]

1897 jail[edit]

The oldest section of the jail was completed in 1897. It was designed by prominent Davenport architect Frederick G. Clausen in the Italianate style. The style, which was popular in the late Victorian Era can be found in the limestone's rusticated finish on the lower stories and then rising to a smooth finish at the attic level. Other elements include the smaller scale, round arched windows across the third-floor, the wide eaves and the tower on the building's north side.[3] It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ a b "Scott County Jail". Scott County, Iowa. Retrieved 2010-10-24. 
  3. ^ a b Davenport Public Library. "Scott County Jail". Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs - State Historical Society of Iowa. Retrieved 2010-10-24. 
  4. ^ Allemeier, Kurt (2010-08-24). "Assault on guard spurs inspections at jail". Quad City Times. Retrieved 2010-10-24. 
  5. ^ a b c Allemeier, Kurt (2008-12-11). "All of Scott County's inmates now at downtown jail". Quad City Times. Retrieved 2010-10-24. 
Scott County Jail's 2007 expansion