Rock Island Arsenal, Building No. 61, Rodman Avenue & First Street, Rock Island, Rock Island County, IL
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Rodman Avenue & First Street, Rock Island, IL
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Documentation compiled after 1968.
Survey number HAER IL-20-Q
Building/structure dates: 1918 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1979 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1981 subsequent work
National Register Number: 69000057
Significance: Although Rock Island Arsenal was designated an ordnance manufacturing installation during the Civil War, it was not until World War I that all of the stone Greek Revival shops on Rodman Avenue were fully outfitted with production machinery. To facilitate material handling between the shops, the arsenal command in 1917-1918 authorized the construction of four connecting links that matched the architectural detailing of the older buildings. The B-D Connection joined Shops B and D (see HAER Nos. IL-20A, IL-20B). Part of the Rock Island Arsenal National Register Historic District, the building embodied an equal concern for utilitarian and aesthetic considerations that became increasingly rare during subsequent wartime construction programs.
War (World War I)
War (World War II)
Stone & Webster Company Of Boston
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)
1. S (front) elevation.
2. N elevation, showing it as a connector between the W wing of Shop D (Building 62) and the E wing of Shop B (Building 60); looking S. The view also shows the N elevation of Building 63, Workshop.
3. Photograph of a photograph in possession of Rock Island Arsenal Historical Office. SOUTH ELEVATION IN UNALTERED CONDITION. DATED MARCH 19, 1945.
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