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Rock Island Arsenal, Building No. 64, Rodman Avenue between Second & Third Streets, Rock Island, Rock Island County, IL



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Item Title


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

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER IL-20-C
Building/structure dates: 1878 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1879 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1901 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 1874 to 1878, Shop F was the sixth to be completed. With its companion facilities completed under the Rodman plan, Shop F 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 F 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. W & S (front) elevations; chimney of Building 65, the Boilerhouse, in background; looking NE. (Harms)
2. 3/4 view of S & E elevations; chimney of Building 65, the Boilerhouse, in background; looking NW. (Harms)
3. N elevation, including courtyard structures; looking SSW. (Harms)
4. Detail view of original doorway opening, N elevation of W wing. (Harms)
5. Boiler house & chimney (Building 65) and other courtyard structures; looking SSE. (Harms)
6. General view of electroplating shop, W wing; looking N. (Ceronie)
7. General view main block, showing acid tanks; looking E. (Ceronie)
8. General view of upper level of W wing, showing clerestory windows; looking SSW. (Ceronie)
9. Detail view of truss structure, W wing; looking W. (Ceronie)
10. Photograph of a photograph in possession of Rock Island Arsenal Historical Office. WEST WING, NORTH ELEVATION; AFTER CONSTRUCTION OF SMOKESTACK, ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED 1898.
11. Photograph of a photograph in possession of Rock Island Arsenal Historical Office. ORIGINAL STEAM HAMMER USED IN FORGING IRON-WORK FOR CONSTRUCTION OF SHOPS. ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED 1898.
12. Photograph of a photograph in possession of Rock Island Arsenal Historical Office. WEST WING. AN OVERHEAD POWER SHAFT IS SHOWN ALONG EACH WALL, BELT-CONNECTED TO A ROW OF BILLINGS & SPENCER DROP HAMMERS USED IN FORGING PARTS FOR 1903 MODEL SPRINGFIELD RIFLE. ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED 1905.
13. Photograph of line drawing in possession of Engineering Plans and Services Division, Rock Island Arsenal. PLAN, UNDATED.
14. Photograph of line drawing in possession of Engineering Plans and Services Division, Rock Island Arsenal. PLAN OF RAFTERS AND PURLINES FOR ROOF, UNDATED.
15. Photograph of line drawing in possession of Engineering Plans and Services Division, Rock Island Arsenal. PLAN OF PURLINES FOR HOOD, 1876.
16. Photograph of line drawing in possession of Engineering Plans and Services Division, Rock Island Arsenal. ELEVATION AND LONGITUDINAL SECTION OF CHIMNEY TOP, 1878.
17. Photograph of line drawing in possession of Engineering Plans and Services Division, Rock Island Arsenal. ELEVATION AND LONGITUDINAL SECTION OF CHIMNEY, 1878.
18. Photograph of line drawing in possession of Engineering Plans and Services Division, Rock Island Arsenal. BOILER FOUNDATIONS PLAN, UNDATED.
19. Photograph of line drawing in possession of Engineering Plans and Services Division, Rock Island Arsenal. BOILER ELEVATION, 1900.
20. Photograph of line drawing in possession of Engineering Plans and Services Division, Rock Island Arsenal. FRONT (SOUTH) ELEVATION, 1877. DELINEATOR: W. OTTO GRONEN.


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