Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Freight House

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Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Freight House
Freight House in Davenport, Iowa.jpg
Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Freight House is located in Iowa
Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Freight House
Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Freight House is located in the US
Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Freight House
Location 102 S. Ripley St.
Davenport, Iowa
Coordinates 41°31′12″N 90°34′46″W / 41.52000°N 90.57944°W / 41.52000; -90.57944Coordinates: 41°31′12″N 90°34′46″W / 41.52000°N 90.57944°W / 41.52000; -90.57944
Area 2 acres (0.81 ha)
Built 1917
MPS Davenport MRA
NRHP Reference # 85002825[1]
Added to NRHP November 14, 1985

The Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Freight House, known locally as The Freight House, is a historic building in Downtown Davenport, Iowa, United States. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.

History[edit]

The Freight House was built by the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad (The Milwaukee Road) in 1917 in response to the increased freight traffic in Davenport before the country entered World War I.[2] It was built on the levee near the Mississippi River. The railroad built the Crescent Rail Bridge with the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad to the west in 1901, and they joined in building Union Station across Ripley Street in 1924. Railroad freight factored in the development of the city's wholesale and retail commercial economy from the 1890s onward. Because of Davenport's location railroad freight could be charged favorable eastern rates while western rates could also be accessed. This gave the city an advantage over instate communities.[2]

The freight house was placed on the National Register of Historic Places due to its association with the commercial development of Davenport, Iowa. After being renovated in the 1990s, The Freight House has seen a variety of uses, such as a comedy club, sports bar, piano bar, and restaurant. Currently, the freight house is home to several small businesses featuring locally grown items, such as a deli, a grocery hub, and a tap room for a local brewery.[3]

Architecture[edit]

The building is rectangular in shape and built of brick with concrete floors and columns. The eastern end is two stories and held the offices. The west end held the warehouse storage space in a single story.[4] The facility was located between the rail siding and thoroughfare where cargo could be easily transferred from one transportation system to another.

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b Martha Bowers, Marlys Svendsen-Roesler. "Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Freight House" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2015-03-22. 
  3. ^ Times Editorial Board (April 3, 2013). "Freight House dreams come true". Quad-City Times. Davenport. Retrieved 2014-06-19. 
  4. ^ Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs - State Historical Society of Iowa. "Chicago, Milwaukee, St.Paul & Pacific Freight House" (PDF). Davenport Public Library. Retrieved 2011-05-20. 

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