E. P. Adler House

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E.P. Adler House
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E. P. Adler House is located in Iowa
E. P. Adler House
E. P. Adler House is located in the US
E. P. Adler House
Location 2104 Main St.
Davenport, Iowa
Coordinates 41°31′47″N 90°34′13″W / 41.52972°N 90.57028°W / 41.52972; -90.57028Coordinates: 41°31′47″N 90°34′13″W / 41.52972°N 90.57028°W / 41.52972; -90.57028
Area less than one acre
Built c.1910
Architectural style Colonial Revival, Late 19th and Early 20th Century American Movements
MPS Davenport MRA
NRHP reference # 83002394[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP July 7, 1983
Designated DRHP July 7, 2008[2]

The E.P. Adler House, is a c. 1910 historic house located in the central part of Davenport, Iowa, United States. It has been individually listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1983 and as a contributing property in the Vander Veer Park Historic District since 1984.[1] It has been on the Davenport Register of Historic Properties since 2008.[2]

E.P. Adler[edit]

Emmanuel P. Adler became a printer’s apprentice at the age of 13.[3] He was working in the mechanical department of the Ottumwa Courier when he was discovered by the paper’s publisher A.W. Lee. Adler became a reporter for the Courier and was then sent to Davenport as the business manager of the Davenport Times. When Lee died in 1907, Adler took over as president of the Lee Syndicate, now known as Lee Enterprises, and held the position for more than 40 years.[3] Under Adler’s guidance the company grew to include newspapers, radio and television stations.

After the Bank Holiday in 1933 Adler was instrumental in reopening American Commercial and Savings Bank as Davenport Bank and Trust Company. By 1936 the bank had grown to become the second largest bank in Iowa.[4]


The E.P. Adler House is located set back from Main Street on a low terraced lot, just south of Vander Veer Botanical Park. It exhibits a mixture of the Colonial Revival and Prairie School architectural styles.[5] The Colonial Revival features includes its symmetrical five-bay main façade, a hipped roof with dormers, and a main entrance that is framed by sidelights and a transom above. The entrance is also surrounded by a shallow curved pediment with engaged columns. The Prairie style is represented by wide eaves with stylized projecting rafter ends and the combination of brick and stucco surface materials.


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b Historic Preservation Commission. "Davenport Register of Historic Properties" (PDF). City of Davenport. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-02-11. Retrieved 2017-02-10. 
  3. ^ a b Anderson, Fredrick I. (ed.) (1982). Joined by a River: Quad Cities. Davenport: Lee Enterprises. p. 248. 
  4. ^ Marlys A. Svendsen; Martha H. Bowers (1982). Davenport where the Mississippi runs west: A Survey of Davenport History & Architecture. Davenport, Iowa: City of Davenport. p. 5.5. 
  5. ^ Martha Bowers; Marlys Svendsen-Roesler. "E. P. Adler House" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2014-11-26.  with photo(s)