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Washington Gardens
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Location 1301 W. 13th Street
Davenport, Iowa
Area less than one acre
Built 1885
Architectural style Italianate
MPS Davenport MRA
NRHP reference No. 84001585
Added to NRHP July 27, 1984

Washington Gardens is a historic building located in the West End of Davenport, Iowa, United States. It has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1984.

History

This combination tavern and residence was built by John Wiese in 1885. It is one of the oldest taverns in the city. Claus Gruneau bought it three years later from Wiese's widow, Sophie. He had previously operated the St. Louis House on Washington Square downtown. The facility originally combined a tavern, social hall and beer garden. It was a focal point for the local German community. The tavern itself was known alternately as Washington Park and Washington Gardens. The name came from the establishment's proximity to elaborately landscaped gardens used by the German community as beer gardens. The building continues to be used as a tavern.

Architecture

The building is a commercial version of the Italianate style. The bracketed eaves in the gables are typical of the style. Originally the gables had round-arch windows that are associated with local German immigrants.

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