LeClaire Hotel

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LeClaire Hotel
Moline Historic Landmark
LeClaire Hotel Moline IL.jpg
LeClaire Hotel is located in Illinois
LeClaire Hotel
LeClaire Hotel is located in the US
LeClaire Hotel
Location Jct. of 19th St. and 5th Ave., Moline, Illinois
Coordinates 41°30′31″N 90°30′41″W / 41.50861°N 90.51139°W / 41.50861; -90.51139Coordinates: 41°30′31″N 90°30′41″W / 41.50861°N 90.51139°W / 41.50861; -90.51139
Built 1915
Architect Kirsch & Kolb
Architectural style Early Commercial
NRHP Reference # 94000025[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP February 4, 1994
Designated MHL October, 1993[2]

LeClaire Hotel is an historic building located in downtown Moline, Illinois, United States. It was named a Moline Historic Landmark in 1993[2] and it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1994.[1] The building is now an apartment building known as the LeClaire Apartments.


The building was built in 1922[3] on the east side of downtown Moline. At the time it was built it was the tallest building in what today is known as the Quad Cities.[4] It is named after Antoine LeClaire, a US Army interpreter who served at the treaty signing ceremony that ended the Black Hawk War. He and his wife, the daughter of a Sauk chief, were significant landowners in the area. Most of their property was in Iowa, but they also owned land that became the original plat for the city of Moline.[2]

The LeClaire Hotel was a luxury hotel that hosted celebrities, including Jack Benny, and US presidents, including John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan. There was a ballroom on the fifteenth floor called the Top Hat that hosted tea dances that were accompanied by a big band orchestra.[5] The hotel closed in the mid-1980s and sat for ten years without an owner. The Alexander Company bought the property and conducted extensive renovations from 1995-1996 to convert the building into an apartment building. Monarch Investment and Management Group bought the property from Kimberly Clarke in 2015 and they plan to make all the units market-rate apartments as the affordable units become available.[6]


The 15-story building is 168 feet (51 m) tall,[7] and is supported by a reinforced concrete superstructure.[4] The exterior is covered in brick with stone on the ground floor and the mezzanine. It features a symmetrical façade, a rounded arch entry that is flanked by rounded arch windows, belt courses and deep projecting eaves with bracketing. The interior features elements such as the wood paneled pier supports, checkerboard patterned flooring, mezzanine stairway marble treads, newel posts, rails, and balustrade ironwork, paneled wall woodwork, beamed ceiling and pilaster ornamental motifs that were executed by St. Louis artisan Fedrico Aquadro.


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b c "Moline Historic Landmarks". City of Moline. Retrieved 2012-05-11. 
  3. ^ rock island county assessor files
  4. ^ a b "LeClaire". Rent.com. Retrieved 2011-03-26. 
  5. ^ Wundram, Bill (1999). A Time We Remember: Celebrating a Century in our Quad-Cities. Davenport, Iowa: Quad-City Times. p. 121. 
  6. ^ Jennifer DeWitt (2015-03-11). "LeClaire Apartments sold to Colorado company". Quad-City Times. Retrieved 2015-03-13. 
  7. ^ Rachelle Treiber (2002-01-04). "Tallest Buildings in Q-C". Quad-City Times. Retrieved 2011-03-30.