Thomas Murray House (Davenport, Iowa)
Thomas Murray House
|Location||628 Kirkwood Boulevard
|NRHP Reference #||84001485 |
|Added to NRHP||July 27, 1984|
Thomas Murray built this house in 1881 shortly after his marriage to Eva Daniels. He had worked as a surveyor for Scott County for more than a decade. Murray was working as Davenport's City Engineer when this house was built.
The Thomas Murray House is typical of the Italianate style houses that were being built in Davenport after the American Civil War. It forsakes the simplicity of Greek Revival decorative elements that was found in earlier Italianate houses for the verticality and millwork embellishment of the Victorian expression. The house features a square form, hipped roof with deck, roof cresting, projecting side pavilions and a prominent, bracketed porch that wraps across the front of the house and around the corner of the east side. The cornice has brackets and a scalloped motif that is applied to the frieze.