Hose Station No. 3

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Davenport Hose Station No. 3
Davenport Hose Station No. 3.jpg
Hose Station No. 3 is located in Iowa
Hose Station No. 3
Hose Station No. 3 is located in the US
Hose Station No. 3
Location 326 E. Locust St
Davenport, Iowa
Coordinates 41°31′27″N 90°34′35″W / 41.52417°N 90.57639°W / 41.52417; -90.57639Coordinates: 41°31′27″N 90°34′35″W / 41.52417°N 90.57639°W / 41.52417; -90.57639
Area less than one acre
Built 1921
Architectural style Late 19th and Early 20th Century Revivals
MPS Davenport MRA
NRHP reference # 84001336[1]
Added to NRHP July 27, 1984

Davenport Hose Station No. 3 is located in a commercial area on the east side of Davenport, Iowa, United States. It has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1984.[1] It is one of two historic former fire stations on the east side that are still in existence. The other one is Hose Station No. 4 in the Village of East Davenport.


The first group of volunteer firefighters in Davenport were organized in 1856 and called the Independent Fire Engine and Hose Company.[2] The city’s first firehouse, Hose Station No. 1, was built on Perry Street in 1877 for the Fire King Engine 2nd Hose Company. After the turn of the 20th-century, the city built other small hose stations as the city grew. Hose Station No. 3 is one of those stations. It was built in 1921 on property that had previously held a livery and boarding stable.[3] The firehouse was discontinued in 1966 when larger and more modern stations were built by the city.


Like other Davenport firehouses of this era, Hose Station No. 3 was designed using Mediterranean themed architecture (Italianate, Renaissance Revival). While smaller than Davenport's main Central Fire Station, it is larger than the single-stall hose stations that were located throughout the city's residential neighborhoods. The two-story structure follows a rectangular plan with a hipped roof and modified Gibbs surrounds on the second-floor windows of the main facade. These were common elements that are found on the smaller stations as well.[3] The extremely wide eaves and shallow roof pitch reflects the American Foursquare house architecture that was popular in Davenport during the first two decades of the 20th century.[3]


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Svendsen, Marlys A.; Bowers, Martha H. (1982). Davenport where the Mississippi runs west: A Survey of Davenport History & Architecture. Davenport, Iowa: City of Davenport. p. 7-2. 
  3. ^ a b c Martha Bowers; Marlys Svendsen. "Davenport Hose Station No. 3" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2015-03-24.  with photo(s)

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