Lambrite–Iles–Petersen House

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Lambrite–Iles–Petersen House
Lambert-Iles-Petersen House - Davenport.JPG
April 2015
Lambrite–Iles–Petersen House is located in Iowa
Lambrite–Iles–Petersen House
Lambrite–Iles–Petersen House is located in the US
Lambrite–Iles–Petersen House
Location 510 W. 6th St.
Davenport, Iowa
Coordinates 41°31′33.7074″N 90°34′49.137″W / 41.526029833°N 90.58031583°W / 41.526029833; -90.58031583Coordinates: 41°31′33.7074″N 90°34′49.137″W / 41.526029833°N 90.58031583°W / 41.526029833; -90.58031583
Built 1856
Architect John C. Cochrane
Architectural style Italianate Villa
Part of Hamburg Historic District (#83003656[1])
MPS Davenport MRA
Significant dates
Added to NRHP November 18, 1983
Designated DRHP July 25, 2012[2]

The Lambrite–Iles–Petersen House is an historic home located in the Hamburg Historic District in Davenport, Iowa, United States. The district was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.[1] The house was individually listed on the Davenport Register of Historic Properties in 2012.[2] The house was the first residence built in the city in the Italianate Villa style and one of the earliest examples in the state of Iowa.[3][4] The house is named for three of its early owners: Joseph Lambrite, a lumber mill owner who built the house, Dr. Thomas Iles, a physician, and John H.C. Petersen, who founded Davenport’s largest department store that grew to become Von Maur.[5]


The Lambrite–Iles–Petersen House was designed by one of Davenport’s first professional architects John C. Cochrane, and it was built in 1856. Soon after the house was built Lambrite lost everything in the Panic of 1857. Several other people owned the house until it was purchased by Thomas Iles around 1863.[6] John H. C. Petersen bought the house after Iles's death in the mid 1880s and owned it until his own death in 1910.[6] The Petersen family retained ownership of the house for ten years, selling it to Joseph Schick in 1920. Schick added craftsman style porches and built a craftsman style bungalow on the west lawn in 1925.[7]

The house was eventually turned into apartments until co-owners Gordon Muller and Dean Christensen restored the house in the mid-1970s. Since that time, maintenance on the house has been neglected and it was declared uninhabited by the city in 2010. Its local landmark status recognizes its significance, history and assists the city's historic preservation commission if it decides to intervene on the structure's behalf.[8] The house was added to Iowa's most endangered properties list in 2013.[9] In May 2014 the city of Davenport began the process of condemning the house. It was the first time the city has attempted to save an abandoned house through condemnation.[10]

Joseph Lambrite[edit]

Joseph Lambrite was a partner in Davenport’s largest sawmill, a major industry in the city's early history.[6] The mill was located on the Mississippi River between Scott and Ripley Streets.[4]

Thomas Jefferson Iles[edit]

Thomas Iles was a physician in Midway, Kentucky. He married Maria Louisa Nuckols and together they had eight children, seven boys and a girl. In 1862 the family moved to Davenport.[11] He served as the chief surgeon of the Civil War Confederate prison camp located at the Rock Island Arsenal. Iles became a prominent doctor in Davenport after the war, and he owned the house until his death.[4]

John H.C. Petersen[edit]

J.H.C. Petersen's Sons' Store in downtown Davenport

John H. C. Petersen was born in Schleswig in present-day Germany and went to school until he was 16 when he was apprenticed to a dry-goods seller. Petersen married Johanna Elsbeth Hansen in 1844 and they had ten children together. The family immigrated to the United States in 1860 and settled in Scott County, Iowa where he initially worked as a farm hand. Two years later he began his mercantile career. For the first few years he had a partner, to whom he later sold his interest in the business. In 1872 he established the business by which he would be known for the rest of his life. The J.H.C. Petersen's Sons' Store was located at 219 Second Street. As the business grew he added the building at 220 Second Street and then later 217-217½ Second Street.[12] The store became one of the foremost mercantile establishments in Davenport. In 1916 it was sold to Charles J. von Maur, R.H. Harned, and Cable von Maur, who owned their own store.[13] The two stores were merged into a new store named Petersen Harned Von Maur in 1928. In 1989 the store’s name was shortened to Von Maur.


  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. ^ Svendsen, Marls A.; Bowers, Martha H. (1982). Davenport where the Mississippi runs west: A Survey of Davenport History & Architecture. Davenport, Iowa: City of Davenport. pp. 2–5. 
  4. ^ a b c Times Staff (May 3, 2012). "House history". Quad-City Times. Davenport. Retrieved 2013-01-01. 
  5. ^ Historic Preservation Commission. "Walking Tour" (PDF). Davenport Gold Coast. Retrieved 2012-11-02. 
  6. ^ a b c National Register of Historic Places Architectural Survey #82-010-277
  7. ^ Cordes, David (December 2014). "The Lambrite–Iles–Petersen House: 510 West Sixth Street, Davenport, Iowa". Gateway Redevelopment Group. Retrieved 2015-02-17. 
  8. ^ Kurt Allemeier (May 4, 2012). "Neighbors fear historic home is falling apart". Quad-City Times. Davenport. Retrieved 2013-01-01. 
  9. ^ Thomas Geyer (December 18, 2013). "Historic Davenport house placed on Iowa's most endangered list". Quad-City Times. Davenport. Retrieved 2014-05-24. 
  10. ^ Alma Gaul (May 24, 2014). "Davenport moves to condemn historic Gold Coast house". Quad-City Times. Davenport. Retrieved 2014-05-24. 
  11. ^ "Thomas Lowery/Lowry Iles". Scott County Iowa USGenWeb Project. Retrieved 2012-06-07. 
  12. ^ Downer, Harry E. "Biographies". Scott County Iowa USGenWeb Project. Retrieved 2012-11-02. 
  13. ^ "J.H.C. Petersen's Sons' Store" (PDF). State Historical Society of Iowa. Retrieved 2012-11-02.