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The Gold Coast-Hamburg Historic District, situated on and below the bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River, has the highest concentration of architecturally significant historic houses in Davenport. Self-guided walking and driving brochures are available on the website.
The District encompasses 25 square blocks just north of downtown Davenport, bounded by Ripley and Vine Streets, between 5th and 9th-1/2 Streets. A mixture of elegant houses and simple homes, the area was home to some of the earliest settlers in Davenport. Many of these early immigrants came to the area with little. They settled in Davenport, realizing the possibilities that were at hand with the ever-expanding Western frontier. Some made their fortunes here. Prominent residents included politicians, lumber barons, doctors, bankers, newspaper publishers, and manufacturers and merchants of all kinds.
These immigrant ancestors of ours were instrumental in transforming Davenport from a 19th-century village in the 1850's, into the 21st-century city we know today.
The Gold Coast Houses The houses that remain in the Gold Coast-Hamburg Historic District are outstanding examples of architectural design and workmanship. In this brochure, you will find Gold Coast structures both monumental in scale and quite small; richly decorated and of the humblest materials; commercial and residential. These sites may be significant because of their architecture, the historic events that occurred there, as well as because of the prominence of the people who originally chose to build their homes and live in Davenport. National Historic Register Designation
The Hamburg National Register Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. Portions of this district were designated a Davenport Local Landmark Historic District several years later. The recognition of the importance of this historic neighborhood helped our community understand the potential that existed in the deteriorating houses and mansions that dominated the area at the time. Some thirty years later, many historic and architecturally important houses have been or are being restored. While much progress has been made, it is an ongoing effort, and there is still much left to be done.