Levi S. McCabe House

2920 Fifth Avenue When Levi S. McCabe died in 1915 at the age of 79, our entire city mourned the death of this tireless booster.  McCabe’s department store employees marched en masse from the store to Broadway Presbyterian Church for the services.  All the other downtown stores closed in respect during the funeral.  Mr. McCabe … [ Continued

Hawes Bungalow

1418 20th Street This Rock Island postcard, from the collection at the Rock Island Public Library, shows a house with the printed identification:  “Bungalow of Charles W. Hawes, Head Clerk of M. W. of A.”   Fortunately, this charming home still graces our town and still looks very much like it did a century years ago.  … [ Continued

Ferkel Couple

518 23rd Avenue There is a surprising story behind this simple postcard.  An elderly couple is posed behind a fence, their small house in the background.  A gate, cobbled of scrap wood, separates neatly shaped pickets on one side from wire on the other.  Like other Real Photo postcards, it may be one-of-a-kind and it … [ Continued

House at 1038 21st Street

There’s something magical about a house with tower.  Although towers reached a peak (sorry) of popularity in the Victorian era, towered houses were still relatively rare.  Additionally many towers have been cut off, losing their distinctive roofs.  This unused Real Photo postcard from the collection of Robert Schroeder shows a special Queen Ann style home … [ Continued

Residence of Phil Mitchell (Case-Mitchell House)

720 20th Street  For years this stately home on Rock Island’s 20th Street just south of 7th Avenue has been known as the Mitchell House.  It is named for Phil Mitchell, a scion of the most prominent banking family in Rock Island, who entered the banking field in 1861, when he was only 15 years … [ Continued

House on the Hill – Weyerhaeuser House

3052 10th Avenue Today’s “House on the Hill,” as this mansion is known, is one of the most intact historic homes in Rock Island.  It was owned by one family for most of its life and, subsequently, by Augustana College, which has been a loving custodian for over fifty years.   The featured postcard, dating from … [ Continued

Rosenfield House (Coventry Apartments)

1900 6th Avenue This 18 room Rock Island house would be considered spectacular anywhere in the country  – in fact it was described as the “most magnificent residence in the three cities” when it was completed in 1893.  That’s not surprising, considering its reported cost of $50,000.  That may not seem like a great deal … [ Continued

Frank Mixter House

734 20th Street  NOTE:  This article was written when the site was vacant, before construction of a large new house was begun  in 2007. Perhaps you have traveled past the corner of 8th Avenue and 20th Street and noticed the incongruity of the large open lot on the northwest corner.   After all, this area in … [ Continued