Claim House (Davenport, Iowa)

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Claim House
Davenport Claim House.jpg
Location 1329 College Ave.
Davenport, Iowa
Coordinates 41°32′2.75″N 90°33′23″W / 41.5340972°N 90.55639°W / 41.5340972; -90.55639Coordinates: 41°32′2.75″N 90°33′23″W / 41.5340972°N 90.55639°W / 41.5340972; -90.55639
Area less than one acre
Governing body Private
Designated October 7, 1992[1]
Claim House (Davenport, Iowa) is located in Iowa
Claim House (Davenport, Iowa)
Location of Claim House in Iowa

Claim House is a property in Davenport, Iowa, United States that was nominated for, but not listed, on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983, with reference number 83004790.[2] The property was covered in a 1982 study of Davenport MRA and/or its 1983 follow-on.[3][4] Its NRHP listing status is DP, which means DATE RECEIVED/PENDING OWNER OBJECTION.[2] It was listed on the Davenport Register of Historic Properties on October 7, 1992.[1]


The house was built in 1832 or 1833 by George L. Davenport, son of Colonel George Davenport, when he was fifteen years old,[5] It was built as a claim on his property, and is thought to be the oldest structure in the city of Davenport.[6] At that time the property was on land that had not yet been open to white settlement. The claim was made when the Sauk and Meskwaki tribes were being forced to surrender their lands following the Black Hawk War and the area became known as the Black Hawk Purchase. Davenport was on friendly terms with the tribes and had their permission to settle on the land,[5] Another early settler Dr. John Emerson took up a claim to the east and built a structure where he housed his slave Dred Scott.[5]

The house was constructed of materials brought from Cincinnati, Ohio by way of the Mississippi River. The original structure stood at 18 feet square,[6] with subsequent additions including a leanto kitchen. When looking at the front of the house there is a batten between the first and second widows from the left. The original house is to the right of the batten.[5] A brick chimney replaces the original which was constructed of stone. The furthest window on the right side of the house was originally a door into the house.[5] In 1867 the house was dismantled and moved from its original location to its present location.


  1. ^ a b Historic Preservation Commission. "Davenport Register of Historic Places" (PDF). City of Davenport. Retrieved 2017-02-10. 
  2. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  3. ^ Martha H. Bowers (January 1982). "NRHP Multiple Resource Assessment: Historical and Architectural Resources of Davenport" (PDF). National Park Service.  (pages 1-30 of PDF document)
  4. ^ Martha H. Bowers (July 1983). "NRHP Multiple Resource Assessment: Historical and Architectural Resources of Davenport, Iowa (Part II)" (PDF). National Park Service.  Northwest and north-central Davenport, the Fulton Addition, and McClellan Heights (pages 30-69 of PDF document)
  5. ^ a b c d e "Chapter XXVIII: Some Old Houses". Scott County Iowa USGenWeb Project. Retrieved 2011-03-31. 
  6. ^ a b Federal Writers' Project of the Works Progress Administration for the State of Iowa. Iowa: A Guide to the Hawkeye State. New York: Hastings House. p. 224.