Park View Tudors
1100 & 1200 Blocks 45th Street
Rock Island's 100 Most Significant Unprotected Structures, 2009
Significance StatementPicturesque cluster of diminutive Tudor Revival homes in the Park View Addition.
Architect / BuilderMuesse, Howard
Tour PublicationsPark View
Subdivision PlatPark View Addition, located in the KeyStone Neighborhood, was the concept of Bert C. Frahm, a developer from Davenport. He filed the original subdivision plat for this area that had previously been William Brooks' Pasture. Although the plat was filed on July 18, 1925, the first houses were not constructed until 1928. Actual development of the addition would take place over the next 30 years, with home construction taking place in bursts of activity. At the same time he was developing Park View, Frahm was also developing Villa Park in Moline, which features similar architecture and deed restrictions.
The deed restrictions placed on Park View properties in 1925 were intended to maintain the value of the land. In methods not uncommon for the time, these restrictions were not only based on lot configuration, but also had socioeconomic and racial ramifications as well. Some of these restrictions are no long legal. Homes could only be single-family and had to have a garage, plus they had to have a minimum cost of $4,000. Property could also not be conveyed to any "colored person."
Tudor Revival DominanceThe architecture of Park View is typical of all that was being built during the 1920s and 1930s, including Colonial Revival, Dutch Colonial, Cape Cod, Bungalow, Prairie and even a very early Ranch home. However, the most dominant house style in the neighborhood is Tudor Revival. All the examples are highly detailed but small in size. The ornate brick veneer construction of the homes is little duplicated across the city. Integrity of the neighborhood is high, due in large part to the original quality construction, liberal use of brick veneer, and small lot sizes that make building additions difficult.
Best ExamplesThe seven Park View Tudors recognized collectively as Most Significant Unprotected Structures are listed below. To see more information about these homes and others, download the "Park View Addition Walking Tour."
- 4530 12th Avenue: Edward & Edna Wich House; ca. 1930; featuring half-timbering in front gable, rounded door
- 1113 45th Street: Frank & Emma Sutterman House; ca. 1930; featuring two front gables, half timbering, sash windows with five over one windows; arched windows low in front facade wall
- 1143 45th Street: Babcock House; circa 1940; Howard Muesse, architect; featuring multiple gable fronts, sloped roof, side window bay and front oriel window.
- 1202 45th Street: Walter & Dorothy Beck House: ca. 1930; featuring diamond paned window in half timbered gable; wooden brackets; rounded door with double brick surround; clay chimney pots
- 1211 45th Street: Howard & Arline Nesseler House; ca. 1932; featuring asymmetrical facade, triple gable window, decorative stone edging around door, arched window trimmed in stone
- 1212 45th Street: William & Irma Biggs House; 1932; featuring tower with conical roof that serves as entrance; round top doorway surrounded with stone; decorative chimney pots, oriel window, rounded concrete stairs
- 1216 45th Street: Martin & Mabel Bootjer House; ca. 1931; featuring brick veneer interspersed with random stones, horizontal brick string course, double front gables, rounded door, clay chimney pots
- 1220 45th Street: Anna Zaruba House; ca. 1931; featuring gable front doorway faced with irregular stonework, wide variety of window shapes, six-sided window, diamond-paned casement window, decorative brick work