Beth Israel Synagogue

2128-30 Third Avenue This stately building on the corner of 3rd Avenue and 22nd Street usually arouses curiosity.   Although now it’s a sports bar, it still evokes its religious past … [ Continued

Immanuel Lutheran Church

5th Avenue at 20th Street  1923 5th Avenue Like hands folded in prayer, the tall tapered spires of Immanuel Lutheran Church are emblems of a religious structure that has graced … [ Continued

Swedish Lutheran Church

1326 Fifth Avenue From the archives of Rock Island’s First Lutheran Church comes this rare Real Photo postcard of one of its early buildings.  It was located on the southwest … [ Continued

South Park Chapel

1500 30th Street This early 1900s Real Photo postcard identifies the little L-shaped building with a huge entrance tower and belfry as South Park Chapel.  That was the first name … [ Continued

Sacred Heart Church

Fifth Avenue at 28th Street Over a century old, Rock Island’s Sacred Heart Catholic Church on Fifth Avenue at 28th Street has weathered its years very gracefully.  Indeed it takes … [ Continued

Grace Lutheran Church

4401 7th Avenue Grace Lutheran Church was organized on February 2, 1888, with 18 charter members.   It was notable for being the first “English” church, with services in English rather … [ Continued

Central Presbyterian Church

929 14th Street  This postcard contains the year 1910 within its design.  That tells us it was probably published to show the architect’s drawings for the new Central Presbyterian Church … [ Continued

St. Joseph’s Church

14th Street & Second Avenue  St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, on the southwest corner of 14th Street and Second Avenue in Rock Island, shares a history with both the Presbyterian Church … [ Continued