Take a Tour of Hauberg Center: A Prairie Style Treasure in the Heart of Rock Island, IL

This month was my month to co-host my antique club with my friend, Abby. We decided to use the Hauberg Center in Rock Island for our monthly meeting.

We were interested in supporting the center after the near sale of the estate and to share the history of the home to other members of our group. The Hauberg Center has a rich cultural history. Both Abby and I and many of our friends had used the Hauberg Center as children for classic plays with Junior Genesius Guild. We had also used the home for Girl Scout events and plays. I had taught art classes for the summer youth program for the park board at the home when I was in college.  I had also participated in art fairs on the grounds of the estate as an adult professional artist.

Tulip Mosaic over the Fireplace in the Dining Room
Tulip Mosaic over the Fireplace in the Dining Room
Tulip Motif on Front of Home
Tulip Motif on Front of Home

We had a wonderful tour by Hauberg employee, Shalome Schultz, who made the Hauberg home come to life through her tour. The 20 room “Prairie Style” mansion was built in 1909 for Susanne Denkmann who was heiress of the Weyerhauser-Denkmann lumber empire. Ms. Denkmann’s favorite flower was the tulip, so Chicago architect, Robert C. Spencer, a contemporary of Frank Lloyd Wright, included tulips in decorative motifs throughout the home. In 1911, Ms. Denkmann married John Hauberg, a Rock Island attorney and philanthropist who was responsible for many of the artifacts at the Hauberg Indian Museum at the Black Hawk State Historic Site.

Ms. Schultz Giving Tour and Showing Tulip Motif On Pocket Doors
Ms. Schultz Giving Tour and Showing Tulip Motif On Pocket Doors
Tulip Carved onto Cover of Pipes for Pipe Organ
Tulip Carved onto Cover of Pipes for Pipe Organ
Stained Glass Tulip Design in Pocket Doors
Stained Glass Tulip Design in Library Doors

The Hauberg home is on 10 acres of sloped wooded land overlooking the Mississippi River with gardens designed by internationally known landscape architect, Jens Jensen. The home was donated to the city of Rock Island in 1956 by the Hauberg family to be used as a civic center for the residents of the community.

Susanne Denkmann
Susanne Denkmann
Dessert Ready for Our After Tour Business Meeting
Dessert Ready for Our After Tour Business Meeting

As an artist, I am interested in preserving the craftsmanship of past artisans. It is important to support historic venues. Take a tour and rent the Hauberg Center for your next event. The home is available for rental and has a kitchen and dining room. You may also cater your event. Many weddings, graduation parties and retirement parties have been held at Hauberg Center. Make your own memories at the Hauberg Center.

If you are interested in a tour or rental, contact:

Hauberg Center

1300 24th Street

Rock Island, IL 61201

309-732-2132

Hours:

Tuesday – Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday & Wednesday 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Call for available rental times and tours.

hauberg@rigov.org

www.rigov.org

 

 

 

Tags

About the author

Deborah Doehler As a life-time resident of the Quad Cities, Deborah is a multi-media artist who works in jewelry, painting, pottery, drawing, collage, and design. Deborah is retired from Black Hawk College after working for 35 years in Marketing as an award-winning graphic designer, writer, supervisor and graphics coordinator. Since 1975, she has had her own design company and studio. You’ll find Deborah serving on the Visual and Public Arts Committee for Quad City Arts where she was a board member for 8 years. She supports art and cultural events in the Quad Cities area including volunteering for events at MidCoast Fine Arts Bucktown Center for the Arts where she leases a gallery space. She served as Marketing Director for Riverssance Festival of Fine Arts for 15 years.

Subscribe to our Email Newsletter

5 comments on “Take a Tour of Hauberg Center: A Prairie Style Treasure in the Heart of Rock Island, IL

  1. Your post title “Take a Tour of Hauberg Center: A Prairie Style Treasure in the Heart of Rock Island, IL” is really attractive. I appreciate your professional way of writing. Thanks, ‘Deborah Doehler’ for sharing this informative post.

  2. Thank you, Divorce Lawyers. I appreciate that you enjoy reading my blog entries. I see that you enjoy the many unique things about the Quad Cities.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

 

Recent posts Posts by month Categories
Marvels on the MississippiToday's Events
View Full Event Calendar » View Full Event Calendar »