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Davenport in Scott County, Iowa — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Vander Veer Park Historic District

Built 1903

— Iowa Historic Site —

 
 
Vander Veer Park Historic District Marker image. Click for more information.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, July 9, 2022
1. Vander Veer Park Historic District Marker
National Register nomination form:
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Inscription.  
This property is listed in
the National Register of Historic Places

Iowa State Historical Department
Division of Historic Preservation

 
Erected by Iowa State Historical Department, Division of Historic Preservation.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureParks & Recreational Areas. A significant historical year for this entry is 1903.
 
Location. 41° 32.463′ N, 90° 34.549′ W. Marker is in Davenport, Iowa, in Scott County. Marker is on North Main Street north of West High Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2110 N Main St, Davenport IA 52803, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. E. P. Adler House (a few steps from this marker); Calvary Baptist Church - First Baptist Church (approx. half a mile away); Leon “Bix” Beiderbecke House (approx. 0.6 miles away); Parker-Ficke House (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Soldier's Monument (approx. 0.7 miles away); Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
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(approx. 0.7 miles away); Original St. Ambrose College (approx. 0.8 miles away); Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Cathedral (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Davenport.
 
More about this marker. It is on the Henry Huebotter House, built in 1906 for Huebotter and his wife, Kate. At the time, Huebotter was president of Iowa Furniture and Carpet Co. He later was vice-president of Citizens Trust and Savings Bank.
 
Regarding Vander Veer Park Historic District. Excerpt from the National Register nomination for the district, which was listed in 1985:
… Originally site of the Scott County Fairgrounds, the area between Harrison and Brady north of Lombard was acquired by the city in 1885. Renamed Central Park in 1890, the area further reflected the inspiration of its New York namesake in its “naturalistic” landscaping and multiple uses, which included not only a “glasshouse” and floral gardens, but a large pond (ideal for skating in winter), picnic pavilion, picturesque bridge (the latter two no longer extant) and “winding macadam driveways” which found favor, by 1905, with “pleasure-seeking automobilists.” Vander Veer
Vander Veer Park Historic District Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, July 9, 2022
2. Vander Veer Park Historic District Marker
It is on the Henry Huebotter House, one of dozens built around the park at the turn of the 20th century.
Park was the first major park established by the City of Davenport …

Establishment of Central Park (renamed Vander Veer Park in 1911 in honor of an early Parks Commissioner), inevitably increased the desirability and cost of adjacent land for residential development … The relative affluence of the district's inhabitants was reflected, in part, by the number of residences designed by prominent local architects, three of whom lived near the park.

 
Also see . . .  Vander Veer Park Historic District. Wikipedia entry on the 70.8-acre park and surrounding neighborhood. (Submitted on July 14, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 14, 2022. It was originally submitted on July 14, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 233 times since then and 60 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 14, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

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