Rock Island Arsenal, Building No. 108, Rodman Avenue between Third & Fourth Streets, Rock Island, Rock Island County, IL
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Rodman Avenue between Third & Fourth Streets, Rock Island, IL
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Documentation compiled after 1968.
Survey number HAER IL-20-I
Building/structure dates: 1886 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1918 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1983 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 1876 to 1882, Shop G was the seventh to be completed. With its companion facilities completed under the Rodman plan, Shop G 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 G is part of the Rock Island National Register Historic District.
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Rodman, Gen. Thomas Jefferson
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)
1. N (front) elevation, main block (building 109 is at left of view); looking SW. (Harms)
2. W & S elevations, W wing; looking NE. (Ceronie)
3. General view of basement, E wing; looking S. (Ryan)
4. Photograph of a photograph in possession of Rock Island Arsenal Historical Office. NORTH AND WEST ELEVATIONS. DATED NOVEMBER 21, 1944.
5. Photograph of a photograph in possession of Rock Island Arsenal Historical Office. BASEMENT, SHOWING ASSEMBLING OF ARTILLERY GUN CARRIAGES. DATED MAY 12, 1904.
6. Photograph of a photograph in possession of Rock Island Arsenal Historical Office. FIRST FLOOR, EAST WING, SHOWING BELT-DRIVEN EQUIPMENT (LATHES, DRILLS, SCREW MACHINES) USED IN MACHINING COMPONENTS FOR ARTILLERY GUN CARRIAGES. DATED MAY 12, 1904.
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