He cuts our trees!

For the past several years local tree cutter Alex Ploen has “adopted” the Gold Coast area. With trees dying and dead in the Gold Coast Park, Alex has donated his time and skills to taking down these damaged trees. Neighbors have watched and approved, and individuals have ended up hiring Alex for their own individual […]

Featured Homes for the 2014 Gold Coast Home Tour

The Gold Coast – Hamburg Historic District  Home Tour, held in September 2014 was the most successful in the history of this biannual recurring event.  Over 900 visitors came to the neighborhood and enjoyed a great tour that featured spectacular homes in a broad range of styles and ages.  The weather cooperated nicely and the beautiful day, […]

New Tree at Gold Coast Park

A red maple tree was planted at the Gold Coast Park June 27 by Aunt Rhodies Landscape Co. The new tree behind and to the left of the gazebo is a “sister” to a golden maple planted 2 years ago to the right of the gazebo. The funding for the tree came from GC-HHDA funding […]

Paint “glams up” Gold Coast houses

Through a Davenport city program, teens from across the nation descended on Davenport the week of June 23, 2013. The teens paid their own way to give of their time and talent to help qualified homeowners by painting their homes. These participating volunteers were housed at Smart Intermediate School. Paint for the project was provided […]

Overview Wins Award!!

Winners of the HGTV and Zillow.com Doory awards were announced June 5, 2013. The iconic “Overview Mansion” at 412 W. 6th St. in Davenport, Iowa and presently for sale, won in the “DIY Dream House” category of the contest. Alex Wolking, listing agent with Keller Williams, says the following: “The Doory Awards are a celebration […]

Davenport City Wide Newsletter

The City of Davenport has just launched a city-wide neighborhood newsletter in April 2013. The purpose of this newsletter is for neighborhoods to share their news and events with other neighborhoods. The newsletter will be published quarterly. To get more information or to submit an article to the newsletter, contact NEWsletter@ci.davenport.ia.us. You can read the […]

United Neighbors Awards Beautification Grants

United Neighbors has awarded two beautification grants for 2013 to the GC-HHDA. One of the awards is for annual planting in the Gold Coast Park. Along with many perennials that adorn the park, these annuals add color and beauty to this pocket park. The second grant is for the purchase and distribution of yard waste […]

Down Zoning 2013 Update

One of the major goals of the GC-HHDA in 2013 is down zoning, a change in city zoning regulations that will help bring homes back to their original single family status. Through the mid-1900’s, many homes were divided into any number of rental units. As families began to move back into the Gold Coast-Hamburg District, […]

Gold Coast Speakers at Iowa State APA Meeting

The American Planning Association Iowa Chapter will be holding its Annual Meeting in Ames, IA Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2012. This national group awarded the Gold Coast-Hamburg Historic District Association “Great Neighborhoods in America” in 2011, the first neighborhood award in Iowa. One presentations at the meeting will be “New Challenges in Neighborhood Planning” that includes […]

“Calling the Gold Coast Home” Huge Success

“Calling the Gold Coast Home” Open House held on a beautiful September 23, 2012 day was a hugh success. The event featured eight “for sale” homes in the Gold Coast district in a 4 hour open house by realtors and homeowners. The GC-HHDA also set up an information center for guests to learn more about […]

Gold Coast Awarded “Great Places in America”

The Gold Coast & Hamburg Historic District received a “Great Places in America” award for neighborhoods from the American Planning Association (APA) on Oct. 4, 2011 at a program at the Beiderbecke Inn, Western Ave. and 7th St. in Davenport, IA.  For the past 5 years the APA has given national awards in the categories of streets, neighborhoods and […]

Historic Preservation Ordinance Support

The GC&HHDA voted and resolved to support of the Davenport Historic Preservation Ordinance proposal at a meeting held June 25, 2011.  The proposed changes in the existing ordinance would strengthen the penalties for willful demolition, clarify the role of Davenport City Council in the appeal process, achieve consistency with National Parks Service language for Historic Preservation, clarify […]

Gold Coast Grows with Grants

Many projects in the Gold Coast-Hamburg Historic District would never have reached fruition without the help of grants from various sources.  These grants have been welcomed and have run the financial gamut from $150 to $60,000.  Many of the grant projects have nudged other grant sources into matching funds.  The single largest contributor is thanks to the Riverboat […]

Gaines St. Lights Up

Up and down Gaines St. from Centennial Bridge to W. Locust St. the streets and boulevards are lighting up thanks to a group known as EGG.  This project  includes the purchase and installation of new energy efficient LED decorative lights, over 80 flower beds, new trees plus the repair and updating of streets and sidewalks. Edmund Gaines was […]

Historic Preservation Ordinance

Presently Davenport’s Planning and Zoning Commission and ultimately the City Council is looking at its Historic Preservation Ordinance, and city staff is working on the proposed ordinance package. This process will have a direct effect on the Hamburg Historic District and its homes as well as other areas of the city. For further information about […]