Rock Island Arsenal, Building No. 60, Rodman Avenue between Gillespie Avenue & First Str, Rock Island, Rock Island County, IL
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Rodman Avenue between Gillespie Avenue & First Str, Rock Island, IL
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Documentation compiled after 1968.
Survey number HAER IL-20-A
Building/structure dates: 1872 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1918 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1943 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1944 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1981 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 1866 to 1872, Shop B was the first to be completed. With its companion facilities completed under the Rodman plan, Shop B 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 B is part of the Rock Island National Register Historic District.
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1. 3/4 view of W & S (front) elevations; looking NE. (Ceronie)
2. 3/4 view of N & W elevations, W wing; North elevation of Building 75 (the kitchen); looking SE. (Ceronie)
3. Detail view of center entry bay, main block, showing original windows and doorway opening; looking N. (Ceronie)
4. Detail view of principal entry doorway, E end of S elevation, main block; looking N. (Ceronie)
5. General view of first floor, E wing, showing Phoenix columns and vaulted ceiling in John M. Browning Memorial Museum; looking NNW. (Ryan)
6. Photograph of a photograph in possession of Rock Island Arsenal Historical Office. WEST AND SOUTH ELEVATIONS IN FINAL STAGE OF CONSTRUCTION. DATED C. 1870.
7. Photograph of a photograph in possession of Rock Island Arsenal Historical Office. WEST AND SOUTH ELEVATIONS, IN UNALTERED CONDITION. PROBABLY TAKEN ABOUT 1910.
8. Photograph of a photograph in possession of Rock Island Arsenal Historical Office. FIRST FLOOR, WEST WING; SHOWING PRATT & WHITNEY RIFLING MACHINES FOR MANUFACTURING 1903 MODEL SPRING-FIELD RIFLE. DATED JULY 4, 1904.
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