Rock Island Arsenal, Building No. 110, Rodman Avenue between Fourth Street & East Avenue, Rock Island, Rock Island County, IL
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Rodman Avenue between Fourth Street & East Avenue, Rock Island, IL
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Documentation compiled after 1968.
Survey number HAER IL-20-J
Building/structure dates: 1883 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1907 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1918 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 1878 to 1883, Shop I was the eighth to be completed. With its companion facilities completed under the Rodman plan, Shop I 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 I is part of the Rock Island National Register Historic District.
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Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)
1. 3/4 view of the E & N (front) elevations, showing the building's siting at the intersection of Rodman and East Avenues and its relationship to Shop G, Buildings 108, & Building 109; looking SW. (Harms)
2. S & E elevations, E wing; looking NW. (Ceronie)
3. Courtyard showing S elevation of main block and W & E wings; looking N. (Ceronie)
4. Detail view of ground and first-floor doorway, S elevation of W wing; looking N. (Ceronie)
5. Photograph of a photograph in possession of Rock Island Arsenal Historical Office. SOUTH AND EAST ELEVATIONS AFTER ADDITION OF BRICK STAIR TOWERS ON SOUTH FACADE. DATED NOVEMBER 1, 1944.
6. Photograph of a photograph in possession of Rock Island Arsenal Historical Office, FIRST FLOOR, SHOWING POWER PRESSES FOR LEATHER WORKING IN HARNESS SHOP. ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED 1905.
7. Photograph of a photograph in possession of Rock Island Arsenal Historical Office. BASEMENT, SHOWING ASSEMBLING OF 75MM GUN CARRIAGES. DATED AUGUST 23, 1918.
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