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Historical and Architectural Survey of Downtown Muscatine

Historical and Architectural Survey of Downtown Muscatine

The Architectural and Historical Survey and Evaluation of Downtown Muscatine conducted in 2004-2005 is part of a phased program to identify, evaluate, register, and protect the cultural resources of Muscatine by the Muscatine Historic Preservation Commission. The downtown survey area was initially defined as the area from Mississippi Drive to Third Street and from Mulberry Avenue to Pine Street, which was expanded along certain edges to include adjacent historic resources. Research was conducted to develop six historic contexts for Muscatine: Early Settlement, 19th Century Business and Industry, Lumber Industry, Pearl Button Industry, 20th Century Civic Pride and Accomplishment, and 20th Century Business and Industry.   These historic contexts were utilized to evaluate the historic resources identified during the downtown intensive survey.  The final report is available for download here.*  A map of the survey area and numbers is found here.*

A total of 131 historic resources in downtown Muscatine were surveyed as part of this project.  Properties typically consisted of a commercial building with one or multiple storefronts.  Iowa Site Inventory forms were filled out for each resource, including name, date, address, a narrative description, and a statement of significance.  A photograph and map accompanies each site inventory form.  Each site was evaluated for its potential individual eligibility for the National Register of Historic Places and for its potential to contribute to a downtown historic district. The links to the survey forms with historical and architectural information for each property are found below.

Through this survey, the potential Downtown Commercial Historic District was identified, including 111 surveyed resources.  Additionally, seven properties outside of the final boundary for the district were evaluated as potentially individually eligible for the National Register of Historic Places (507-511 E. 2nd St, 315 Iowa, 501 E. Mississippi, 505 E. Mississippi, 111 Mulberry, 312-314 Sycamore, and Courthouse Square Historic District).

The Muscatine Historic Preservation Commission hired Rebecca Lawin McCarley, Architectural Historian with SPARK Consulting in Davenport, in 2004 to conduct the survey project.  Several commission members and volunteers contributed significant time to research individual buildings and prepare draft survey forms under McCarley’s supervision, including Jay Brady, Daniel G. Clark, Jerry Lange, Jim Nepple, Maryrose Peterschmidt, Devin Pettit, Deb Pohl, Steven and Eileen Ellsworth, Robert Fiedler, Penny Gordy, Cindy Gyger, Glenna Hammond, Jerry Kleindolph, Jan Noll, John Peterschmidt, John Sayles, Sue Slight, Lonnie and Lynn Sulzberger, and Gail Van Heck.  City staff member Jim Rudisill completed significant work for the project as well.

Survey forms for historic resources included in the downtown survey*

(built by 1960)

100 E. 2nd St. – FS-050 – Iowa #70-00938 – Henderson Building – c.1857, 1956-57

101 E. 2nd St. – FS-049 – Iowa #70-00116 – Laurel Building – 1917

102-104 E. 2nd St. – FS-051 – Iowa #70-00117 – Commercial Building – c.1880

106-108 E. 2nd St. – FS-052 – Iowa #70-00939 (70-00117) – Fisch Building – c.1880

109 E. 2nd St. – FS-055 – Iowa #70-00940 – Kresge’s 5 and 10 – c.1880, c.1970

110-112-114-116 E. 2nd St. – FS-053 – Iowa #70-00118 – Commercial Block – c.1865

121-123 E. 2nd St. – FS-056 – Iowa #70-00941 – Woolworth’s – 1953

122 E. 2nd St. – FS-129 – Iowa #70-00942 – Commercial Building – c.1880, 1967

124 E. 2nd St. – FS-054 – Iowa #70-00119 – Pioneer Drug Store – c.1859

126-130 E. 2nd St. – FS-128 – Iowa #70-00943 – Commercial Building – 1890s, 2002

127 E. 2nd St. – FS-057 – Iowa #70-00944 – Wilson Shoe Store – 1854, 1952

129 E. 2nd St. – FS-058a – Iowa #70-00945 – Commercial Building – c.1866, 1964

130 E. 2nd St. – FS-059 – Iowa #70-00946 – Houdek Block – 1899, 1957

131 E. 2nd St. – FS-058b – Iowa #70-00947 – Commercial Building – c.1856, 1964

200 E. 2nd St. – FS-063 – Iowa #70-00120 – German American Savings Bank – 1908

201 E. 2nd St. – FS-069 – Iowa #70-00121 – Commercial Building – c.1896

203 E. 2nd St. – FS-070 – Iowa #70-00122 – C. Giesenhaus Building – 1882

204 E. 2nd St. – FS-064 – Iowa #70-00123 – Commercial Building – c.1883

205 E. 2nd St. – FS-071 – Iowa #70-00124 – Commercial Building – c.1896

206 E. 2nd St. – FS-065 – Iowa #70-00125 – Otto & Sons Grocery – c.1888

207-209 E. 2nd St. – FS-072 – Iowa #70-00126 – Commercial Building – c.1860

208-210-212 E. 2nd St. – FS-066 – Iowa #70-00127 (70-00128, 70-00130) – Commercial Block – c.1882

211 E. 2nd St. – FS-073 – Iowa #70-00129 – Kaufmann Cigars – c.1875

213 E. 2nd St. – FS-074 – Iowa #70-00131 – Gerdes Jewelry Building – c.1892

214-216-218-220 E. 2nd St. – FS-067 – Iowa #70-00132 (70-00135) – Commercial Block – c.1865

215 E. 2nd St. – FS-075 – Iowa #70-00133 – Eaton Knitting Factory – c.1875

217 E. 2nd St. – FS-076 – Iowa #70-00134 – Hine Brothers Building – c.1875, c. 1903

219-221-223 E. 2nd St. – FS-077 – Iowa #70-00136 (70-00137) – Commercial Block – c.1873

225 E. 2nd St. – FS-078 – Iowa #70-00138 – Molis & Beil Gunshop – c.1875

227 E. 2nd St. – FS-079 – Iowa #70-00140 – Giesenhaus Grocery – c.1876

229 E. 2nd St. – FS-080 – Iowa #70-00141 – Commercial Building – c.1921

301 E. 2nd St. – FS-088 – Iowa #70-00948 – Graham Drug Store – c.1860

303 E. 2nd St. – FS-089 – Iowa #70-00143 – Commercial Building – c.1865, c.1895

305 E. 2nd St. – FS-090 – Iowa #70-00949 – Commercial Building – c.1865, c.1920s

307-309-311 E. 2nd St. – FS-091 – Iowa #70-00950 – Commercial Building – c.1885

313 E. 2nd St. – FS-092 – Iowa #70-00951 – Iowa Employment Agency – c.1880, 1960

315-317 E. 2nd St. – FS-093 – Iowa #70-00144 – Grossheim Building – c.1898

319-321 E. 2nd St. – FS-094 – Iowa #70-00145 – Batterson Building – 1898

323-323 1/2 E. 2nd St. – FS-095 – Iowa #70-00142 – Commercial Building – c.1890

325-327-329-331 E. 2nd St. – FS-096 – Iowa #70-00952 – C.F. Schroeder Building – 1922

408 E. 2nd St. – FS-110 – Iowa #70-00953 – Baker Hospital No. 2 – 1930

411 E. 2nd St. – FS-111 – Iowa #70-00146 – Trinity Church – 1851-54

413-415 E. 2nd St. – FS-112 – Iowa #70-00147 – Bisesi Block – 1912

417 E. 2nd St. – FS-113 – Iowa #70-00148 – Commercial Building – c.1866

419 E. 2nd St. – FS-114 – Iowa #70-00149 – Barry Manufacturing office – c.1876

507-511 E. 2nd St. – FS-115 – Iowa #70-00954 – Garage – 1920

515 E. 2nd St. – FS-116 – Iowa #70-00955 – Commercial Building – c.1904

100-102 W. 2nd St. – FS-043 – Iowa #70-00152 – Muscatine State Bank – 1910, 1920

106 W. 2nd St. – FS-131 – Iowa #70-00956 – Commercial Building – 1890s, 1981

117-121 W. 2nd St. – FS-026 – Iowa #70-00155 – Montgomery Ward Department Store – 1929 (c.1875)

120-122 W. 2nd St. – FS-023 – Iowa #70-00156 – Commercial Building – c.1868

123-129 W. 2nd St. – FS-025 – Iowa #70-00957 – Broud Department Store – 1949

124-126 W. 2nd St. – FS-022 – Iowa #70-00157 – Commercial Block – c.1868

128 W. 2nd St. – FS-021 – Iowa #70-00158 – Shamrock Hall – c.1868

131-133 W. 2nd St. – FS-024 – Iowa #70-00159 – Union Block – 1854

200-202-204 W. 2nd St. – FS-020 – Iowa #70-00160 – Tappe Block – 1871, c.1890

201-203 W. 2nd St. – FS-015 – Iowa #70-00161 – J.A. Reuling Bakery / Mull Grocery – c.1852, 1950s

205 W. 2nd St. – FS-014 – Iowa #70-00162 – Commercial Building – 1860s

206 W. 2nd St. – FS-019 – Iowa #70-00163 – C. Weed’s Building – c.1856, c.1913

207 W. 2nd St. – FS-013a – Iowa #70-00958 – Commercial Building – 1870s, c.1938, 1967

208-210 W. 2nd St. – FS-018 – Iowa #70-00959 (70-00163) – Weed’s Block – c.1855

209-211 W. 2nd St. – FS-013b – Iowa #70-00989 now – Commercial Building – 1870s, c.1920s, 1967

212 W. 2nd St. – FS-017 – Iowa #70-00164 – Fred Daut Building / Batterson-Wessels Button Co. – c.1870

215 W. 2nd St. – FS-012 – Iowa #70-00165 – Richards Meat Market – 1870s, c.1960

217-219 W. 2nd St. – FS-011 – Iowa #70-00960 – Commercial Building – 1870s, 1890s

218 W. 2nd St. – FS-016 – Iowa #70-00166 – Daut Grocery / Muscatine Pearl Works Building – 1890

222 W. 2nd St. – FS-132 – Iowa #70-00167 – Joseph Bridgman House – c.1856, 1963

224 W. 2nd St. – FS-010 – Iowa #70-00962 – Bridgman & Sons Insurance – 1899, 1930s/40s

228 W. 2nd St. – FS-009 – Iowa #70-00168 – Mull Wholesale Grocery – c.1891

224 E. 3rd St. – FS-084 – Iowa #70-00963 – First Baptist Church – 1923

301 E. 3rd St. – FS-085 – Iowa #70-00964 – Muscatine Journal Building – 1919, 1973

311 E. 3rd St. – FS-086 – Iowa #70-00965 – Commercial Building – c.1880, 1980s

317 E. 3rd St. – FS-087 – Iowa #70-00966 – Masonic Temple – 1919-21

400 E. 3rd St. – FS-130 – Iowa #70-00967 – B.F. Goodrich – 1958

401 E. 3rd St. – FS-122 – Iowa #70-00195 – Courthouse – 1908-09

414 E. 3rd St. – FS-121 – Iowa #70-00968 – Commercial Building – c.1885

122-124 W. 3rd St. – FS-037 – Iowa #70-00934 – Rebecca Hoopes Flats – 1906

126 W. 3rd St. – FS-036 – Iowa #70-00201 – Dr. D.P. Johnson House – c.1843, 1850s, c.1900

405 (401) E. 4th St. – FS-124 – Iowa #70-00969 – Muscatine County New Jail & Sheriff’s Office – 1908-09, 1972

411 (405) E. 4th St. – FS-125 – Iowa #70-00246 – Old Jail – 1856-57

415 E. 4th St. – FS-126 – Iowa #70-00970 – Ogilvies I & I Food Mart – c.1948

206-208  Cedar – FS-081 – Iowa #70-00363 – Commercial Building – c.1913

210  Cedar – FS-082 – Iowa #70-00971 – George M. Wittich Funeral Home – c.1923

115 (now also 117)  Chestnut St. – FS-029 – Iowa #70-00375 – Schmidt Shoe Factory – c.1870, c.1909

116  Chestnut St. – FS-030 – Iowa #70-00376 – H. Schroeder Building – c.1865, c.1906

117  Chestnut St. – FS-028 – Iowa #70-00377 – Fisher-Foley Tin Shop – c.1866

118  Chestnut St. – FS-031 – Iowa #70-00378 – Commercial Building – 1870s, c.1904

119  Chestnut St. – FS-027 – Iowa #70-00972 – Commercial Building – c.1925, 1956

212  Chestnut St. – FS-032 – Iowa #70-00973 – Bake House and Oven – c.1885, c.1925, 2000

213  Chestnut St. – FS-034 – Iowa #70-00974 – Van Nostrand Horse Collar Factory – c.1868, c.1889

214  Chestnut St. – FS-033 – Iowa #70-00379 – Meeting House – Congregational Church – 1857, c.1916, c. 1945, 2000

215  Chestnut St. – FS-035 – Iowa #70-00975 – Logan House – c.1895, c.1919

107  Iowa – FS-045 – Iowa #70-00976 – Gaeta Fruit Store and Confectionary – c.1885, c.1941

109-111-113  Iowa – FS-044 – Iowa #70-00458 – Fitzgerald Block – 1885

214  Iowa – FS-041 – Iowa #70-00460 – Muscatine Journal Building (old) – 1904, 1920s

214 1/2  Iowa – FS-042 – Iowa #70-00977 – Scott House Stables – c.1851

216-218  Iowa – FS-040 – Iowa #70-00978 – Commercial Building – c.1866

220-224-226  Iowa – FS-039 – Iowa #70-00464 – Welch Apartments (Scott House) – 1851, 1923-24

315  Iowa – FS-038 – Iowa #70-00467 – Muscatine Post Office – 1909, 1937

101 E. Mississippi – FS-047 – Iowa #70-00979 – Commercial Building – 1920s, c.1941

117 E. Mississippi – FS-048 – Iowa #70-00980 – Henderson Chevrolet-Oldsmobile Building – 1952

501 E. Mississippi – FS-117 – Iowa #70-00530 – Peter Musser House – c.1874

505 E. Mississippi – FS-118 – Iowa #70-00532 – Garvin House – c.1887

101 W. Mississippi – FS-046 – Iowa #70-00533 – Hotel Muscatine – 1914-1915

221-225 W. Mississippi – FS-005 – Iowa #70-00535 – Bennett Mill / Muscatine Oatmeal Mill complex – 1851, c.1860, c.1890, c.1902, c. 1964

301 W. Mississippi – FS-004 – Iowa #70-00536 – Isett Warehouse – c.1843, 1887, c.1915

305 W. Mississippi – FS-003 – Iowa #70-00981 – Sieg Auto Parts Building – 1946

315-317 W. Mississippi – FS-002 – Iowa #70-00527 – Citizens Electric Light and Power Company – 1890

403 W. Mississippi – FS-127 – Iowa #70-00982 – Restaurant – 1931

405-407 W. Mississippi – FS-001 – Iowa #70-00983 – Commercial Building – c.1885

111  Mulberry – FS-119 - Iowa #70-00984 – Ernie’s Tire Shop – 1933, c.1961

227  Mulberry – FS-120 – Iowa #70-00985 – Commercial Building – c.1905, 1980

3rd/4th St. & Mulberry/Walnut – FS-123 – Iowa #70-00196 – Courthouse Square – 1838, 1875

126  Pine St. – FS-008 – Iowa #70-00986 – Muscatine Municipal Electric Plant – 1936

214-216-218  Sycamore – FS-060 – Iowa #70-00987 – Hershey State Bank – 1908

215  Sycamore – FS-083 – Iowa #70-00193 – City Hall – 1914

312-314  Sycamore – FS-061 – Iowa #70-00988 – Leu’s Ice Cream Shop and Chrome Room – 1922, 1935

101  Walnut – FS-108 – Iowa #70-00990 – American Petroleum Company Gas Station – 1940

102-104  Walnut – FS-107 – Iowa #70-00616 – S.M. McKibben House – 1866-1869

206-208  Walnut – FS-097 – Iowa #70-00991 – New Kemble Hotel and Globe Barber Shop – c.1922

210  Walnut – FS-098 – Iowa #70-00992 – Commercial Building – c.1915

212  Walnut – FS-099 – Iowa #70-00993 – Bond Brother Bicycle Shop – c.1895, c.1915

214  Walnut – FS-100 – Iowa #70-00617 – Commercial Building – c.1866

216  Walnut – FS-101 – Iowa #70-00618 – Commercial Building – c.1890

218  Walnut – FS-102 – Iowa #70-00619 – C.C. Patrick Carpentry – c.1866

220  Walnut – FS-103 – Iowa #70-00620 – Commercial Building – c.1866, c.1915

222  Walnut – FS-104 – Iowa #70-00621 – Commercial Building – c.1866

224  Walnut – FS-105 – Iowa #70-00622 – Gottbrecht Cigar Factory – c.1866

228  Walnut – FS-106 – Iowa #70-00994 – Manjoine’s Confectionary and Corner Tavern – c.1866, c.1925, c.1937

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