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Rock Island Arsenal, Building No. 106, Rodman Avenue between Second & Third Streets, Rock Island, Rock Island County, IL



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Item Title


Location
Rodman Avenue between Second & Third Streets, Rock Island, IL

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER IL-20-H
Building/structure dates: 1874 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1898 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1956 subsequent work
National Register Number: 69000057
Significance: After taking command of Rock Island Arsenal in 1865, General Thomas Jefferson Rodman devised a master plan for the installation calling for the construction of ten large, Greek Revival, manufacturing shops, five on each side of the island's major east-west thoroughfare. Under construction from 1871 to 1874, Shop E was the third to be completed. With its companion facilities completed under the Rodman plan, Shop E forms a cohesive architectural statement, which, in terms of both scale and style, has no counterpart among government installations in the Midwest. In addition to their architectural importance, the Rodman shop buildings are the administrative and technological core of Rock Island Arsenal, one of only two "old-line," nineteenth-century arsenals still in operation for munitions production. The buildings are vital for understanding the history of American ordnance development and manufacture from the Spanish American War to the present. Shop E is part of the Rock Island National Register Historic District.

Subjects
Armies
War (World War I)
War (World War II)


Related Names
Rodman, Gen. Thomas Jefferson


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. 3/4 view of E & N (front) elevations; looking SW. (Ceronie)
2. 3/4 view of S & E elevations, W & E wings; looking NW. (Ceronie)
3. 3/4 view of W & S elevations, W wing; looking NE. (Ceronie)
4. Detail view of original doorway opening, S pavilion, E wing; looking W. (Ceronie)
5. Detail view of original window, W elevation of W wing; looking E. (Ceronie)
6. General view of W wing; looking N. (Harms)
7. View of crucible and other machinery; W wing; looking W. (Ceronie)
8. Detail view of original doorway, NE pavilion, E wing; looking SE. (Ceronie)
9. Photograph of a photograph in possession of Rock Island Arsenal Historical Office. WEST WING, WEST ELEVATION AFTER ADDITION OF CHIMNEY. ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED 1898.
10. Photograph of line drawing in possession of Engineering Plans and Services Division, Rock Island Arsenal. PLAN, UNDATED.
11. Photograph of line drawing in possession of Engineering Plans and Services Division, Rock Island Arsenal. PLAN OF RAFTERS AND PURLINES FOR ROOF, 1872.
12. Photograph of line drawing in possession of Engineering Plans and Services Division, Rock Island Arsenal. NORTHWEST PORTICO ELEVATION, UNDATED.
13. Photograph of line drawing in possession of Engineering Plans and Services Division, Rock Island Arsenal. NORTHWEST PORTICO ELEVATION, UNDATED; TRACING, 1948.
14. Photograph of line drawing in possession of Engineering Plans and Services Division, Rock Island Arsenal. WALL SECTION, UNDATED.
15. Photograph of line drawing in possession of Engineering Plans and Services Division, Rock Island Arsenal. RAFTER DETAILS FOR ROOF, UNDATED.
16. Photograph of line drawing in possession of Engineering Plans and Services Division, Rock Island Arsenal. RAFTER DETAILS FOR ROOF, UNDATED.
17. Photograph of line drawing in possession of Engineering Plans and Services Division, Rock Island Arsenal. RAFTER DETAILS FOR ROOF, UNDATED.
18. Photograph of line drawing in possession of Engineering Plans and Services Division, Rock Island Arsenal. HOOD DETAILS, 1873.


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