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.
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.
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.
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:
1300 24th Street
Rock Island, IL 61201
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.