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Rock Island Arsenal, Building No. 62, Rodman Avenue between First & Second Streets, Rock Island, Rock Island County, IL



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

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER IL-20-B
Building/structure dates: 1875 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1918 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1954 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 1871 to 1875, Shop D was the fourth to be completed. With its companion facilities completed under the Rodman plan, Shop D 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 D 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. S elevation, main block (Building 61 is at left of view); looking NNW. (Harms)
2. 3/4 view of S & E elevations, E wing; looking NW. (Harms)
3. 3/4 view of E & N elevations, E wing, looking SW. (Ceronie)
4. General view of the N elevation, showing the rear of the main block and the courtyard between the E & W wings; looking S. Note structure 73, an air-conditioning unit, in the end of the courtyard. (Ceronie)
5. General view of original cast-iron staircase and railing. (Ryan)
6. Photograph of a photograph in possession of Rock Island Arsenal Historical Office. BASEMENT, SHOWING ORIGINAL OPEN INTERIOR FLOOR PLAN. DATED C. 1898.
7. Photograph of a photograph in possession of Rock Island Arsenal Historical Office. SOUTH AND EAST ELEVATIONS. DATED MARCH 19, 1945.


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