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Prien Building
510ish W 2nd Davenport IA.jpg
Location of where the Prien Building stood
Location 506-508 W. 2nd St.
Davenport, Iowa
Area less than one acre
Built 1855
Architectural style Greek Revival
Demolished 1988
MPS Davenport MRA
NRHP reference No. 83002488
Added to NRHP July 7, 1983

The Prien Building was a historic building located in downtown Davenport, Iowa, United States. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. Like the Hoffman Building next door, Mueller Lumber Company across the street and the Riepe Drug Store/G. Ott Block on the 400 block of Second Street, it was torn down in the late 20th century.

History

Fred J. Prien operated a grocery and provision store in this building in 1874. He operated a saloon at this location by 1880. Prien lived in an apartment above the shop.

The building, along with the Venus News building nearby, was demolished in 1988.

Architecture

The building was completed in 1855 in the Greek Revival style. It was a three-story brick structure that featured a prefabricated iron shop-front. The iron front was able to support the brick structure above it and it opened large areas of glass on the first floor so the shop could display its wares in the window. The Prien building had a double-wide shop-front with a door in between them that led to the apartments above. There was a cornice molding across the top of the façade.

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