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Rock Island Railroad Depot

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c. 1905 (west); c. 1910 (east). 107 and 108 4th St.

The commanding feature of this railroad station is the open metalwork arch with its lower hipped roof which connects the two buildings and spans Fourth Street. The arch provides something of a ceremonial entrance into the city, and by connecting the two buildings creates the image of a large single structure. The brick building to the west, which is two stories high, is covered by a wide overhanging tile roof. Pronounced voussoirs define the row of second-floor arched windows. The single-floor building to the east, also of brick with a tile roof, is more modest in its fenestration. The composition of the two buildings and the arch have the flavor of a domesticated (close to a do-it-yourself) version of the Beaux-Arts Classical tradition.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Rock Island Railroad Depot", [Des Moines, Iowa], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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