United States Housing Corporation Houses: A Neighborhood Historic Preservation Plan
Two hundred houses in Rock Island and hundreds more in the rest of the Quad Cities were built in six months during the winter of 1918-1919 to shelter war effort workers for World War I. This federal program marked the first time the U.S. Government built housing for civilians. The Rock Island District project was the third largest completed project in the nation and the only one in Illinois and Iowa. Learn all about the history, the houses, and the struggle to complete these solid homes in the face of wartime labor and materials shortages. This document, written by James E. Jacobsen, features original sketches of the house elevations and floor plans, along with each existing house matched to its model.