Hello Neighbors,
Once again GC-HHDA is participating in the 2018 City of Davenport’s summer Kids Pass program.  Each of
these $50 passes allows Davenport kids to participate in activities in the Davenport area as passes to museums, swimming, bus passes, etc.  We’ve given passes to Project Renewal for several years to use for participating kids in their summer program.
You can purchase a tax deductible pass(es) or partial pass to participate in this program. The partial
pass means you can still participate by contributing an amount of less than $50.  The GC-HHDA purchases one pass and also pays the remainder for partial passes.  It’s a great way to support our neighborhood kids to participate in local activities offered by
the City of Davenport.
It’s a great program and we hope you’ll be able to help this cause.  Thank you.
PJ Slobojan  

Gold Coast General Meeting May 16, 2018

To all our Gold Coast Friends and Neighbors

321-West 6 Street
Home of Mike & Terry
Some refreshments provided.
If you wish, feel free to bring something to share.
We hope to see you there! 

Gold Coast General Meeting March 24,2018

General Membership Meeting/Social
Saturday, March 24, 2018
Social 9:30 AM – Meeting 10:00 AM

At 714 w. 6th st.
Home of Victoria and Jeremy Keninger

1) Welcome

2) Secretary

3) Treasurer

a. 2017 End-of-year Report

b. Membership Dues

4) Old Business

a. Recap Planning Meeting

b. Update on Brick Intersection at Western and 5th Streets

5) New Business

a. Amend GC-HHDA By-Laws

b. Project Renewal Donation/Advertisement

c. Budget Proposals

6) Upcoming Dates and Events

a. April 2nd – 13th City-wide free lawn waste pick-up (Contact Terry @ (563)-271-2435 for free yard waste bags)

b. April 7th – Gold Coast Park spring clean-up (9 am – 11 am)

c. April 21st – Project Renewal annual Fit Fest

d. May 12 – Social/General Membership Meeting

e. June (TBA) Annual neighborhood ‘Summer Cookout’

f. August 11th – Social/General Membership Meeting

g. August 20th – Urban Plunge (St. Ambrose freshmen cleanup of Western St. Steps)

h. September 22nd – 23rd Home Tour

i. September 23rd – Annual Seafood/Shrimp Boil, 5pm (following the Home Tour) @   624 w. 6th st. (Home of Jack Haberman & Marion Meginnis)

j. November 10th – Annual Election of Officers/General Meeting

k. December 1st – Annual Gold Coast Holiday Party

7) Other

8) Adjourn

Gold Coast General Meeting Feb. 10, 2018

Gold Coast Friends and Neighbors,

First Neighborhood Meeting of 2018 –

Saturday, February 10th,

9:30 am – Social,
10:00 am – Meeting.

At the home of Steve & Sara Bartholomew
“The Castle”
615-N. Ripley.

Some Refreshments provided.
Please bring Something to share, if you wish.

We hope to see you there!

Gold Coast Elections and Holiday Party

HOLIDAY PARTY & Election of Officers

Saturday, December 2,2017

6pm~ Meeting & election of officers
7pm~ Holiday Party with your friends & neighbors

321-West 6th Street, Davenport, Iowa
Home of Mike Tollenaer/Terry Genz

Board positions up for election:
At-Large: (full term- 2 years)
At-Large: (half term- 1 year)

If you wish to run for any of the above positions or wish to nominate someone (or yourself),
please contact Mike Schroeder 563-324-4856

Current Board Members:
President: Terry Genz
Vice-President: Jeremy Keninger
Treasurer: Dave Cordes
Secretary: Ann Schwickerath
At-Large: Jeff Gomez
At-Large: Alyssa Kuehl
At-Large: OPEN (1 year remaining of 2 yr. term)

We urge every paid-dues member to come and vote at the at 6pm meeting.

There will be food, music, beverages, etc. provided.
Feel free to bring your favorite dish or beverage to share

We Hope To See You There!!!

The shrimp boil


Please Join us Sunday September 24th at 5pm for the Annual Shrimp Boil.

The Kuehl’s are hosting this year at 712 W 8th St.

Fun update

The Fun Committee Presents:

1st Annual GCHHD Yard Games Day
And Morning Breakfast

There will be breakfast, a Quarterly Neighborhood Meeting, and lawn games.
Join us for part or all of the morning’s events.
We would love to spend time with you and your families.

Location: The Castle 615- Ripley St.
Home of Steve & Sara Bartholomew
Day; August 12
Time: 9 AM Social/Breakfast
10 AM Quarterly Neighborhood Association Meeting (just a quick one)
Yard Games to Follow!!!

Please feel free to bring a breakfast type dish to share!
Coffee, Juice, some breakfast basics provided

Outside we will have Bags, Croquette, Ladder Golf and other fun, exciting, beat your neighbor and “something besides having a bigger project on your hands” kind of games!

Fun Time

The Fun Committee Presents:

1st Annual GCHHD Yard Games Day!

Location: The Castle
Day: August 12
Time: 9 AM Social
10 AM Quarterly Neighborhood Association Meeting (just a quick one)
Yard Games to Follow!!!

Please feel free to bring a breakfast dish to share!

Outside we will have Bags, Croquette, Ladder Golf and other fun, exciting, beat your neighbor and something besides having a bigger project on your hands kind of games!

Hot Time!

Despite the over 90 degree heat, Craig fired up his 900 degree brick oven to cook 22 pizzas for over 50 gold coast neighbors and guests who supplied many different type salads, sweets and drinks.

A good time was had by all!

Thank you Craig and Marcia!



Saturday, July 22nd


Gracious Hosts & Pizza Chef: Craig & Marcia Canfield
723-Brown Street

Craig & Marcia have an outdoor pizza oven that they built in their backyard. They will be our hosts and pizza chefs for the evening. As you can imagine, there are necessary preparations involved. If you plan to attend, please respond here, call me, or text me when you decide to attend, but please inform me as soon as you can. (Terry Genz 563-271-2435)

Please bring your favorite drinks, beer or cocktails
lawn chairs.

Gold Coast Annual Summer Cookout

Saturday, June 24th 5:00PM

714-West 6th Street (the home of Jeremy & Victoria Keninger)

Brats, Burgers, Lemonade provided

Please bring a dish to share

Also, bring your lawn chair & favorite beverage

(iced cooler space available)

It is supposed to be a beautiful weekend

See you there! 

Gold Coast Park Cleanup


Due to unforeseen circumstances, the park cleanup event scheduled for Saturday, May 20th, has been CANCELED.

Thank you,

Terry Genz

Latest Schedule of events

  • June 24, 2017 – Neighborhood Summer Cookout.
  • July 22, 2017 – Neighborhood Cocktails & Pizza Party.
  • Aug 12, 2017 – General Meeting & Full Champagne Brunch.
  • Aug 21, 2017 – Urban Plunge with St. Ambrose Freshman Students.
  • Sept 17, 2017 – Annual Seafood/Shrimp Boil.
  • Oct 21, 2017 – Neighborhood Progressive Dinner.
  • Nov- Free Month.
  • Dec-  TBD Annual Election of Officers & Holiday Party.


Gold Coast Park

Come One, Come All!
Gold Coast Park Mulching
Ripley & 8th Street

Saturday May 20, 2017


We are planning to mulch the entire upper level of the Gold Coast Park this Saturday at 9:00am. If we have a good sized crew of friends & neighbors, this won’t take very long….maybe an hour or so. We anticipate at least 3 or 4 pick-up truck loads are needed. Duane Timm/Jeff Gomez & Steve/Sara Bartholomew have graciously volunteered use of their trucks. If anyone with a truck is willing to accompany them to the Davenport’s Compost Facility, then only one trip will be needed.
Many hands make quick work. Please bring your rakes, wheelbarrows and buckets, if you are able. Otherwise, come and assist however you can.

Thanks, in advance.
Hope to see you there,

Terry Genz

Kids Pass

Hello Neighbors,
Traditionally the “Gold Coast/ Hamburg Historic District Association” has made contributions to the city Kids Pass, a summer program that enables kids to have passes for swimming, museums, bus passes and other fun summer events. And the contributions we made have enabled many of the kids from Project Renewal to take advantage of the Kids Pass.

The GCHHDA purchases one pass for $50. Friends and neighbors can also purchase a pass(es) in the name of the GCHHDA. Also if someone would like to contribute but feels the $50 is a little steep, they can purchase a portion of a pass and the association will cover the rest of the pass. It’s a win-win!!

So if you’d like to be part of this please let PJ (563-326-2894) know by May 24 as the program starts the following week. Also you can pay for your pass – $50 per check made out to GCHHDA and pay either PJ or Dave Cordes.

This is such a worthwhile project and we hope you’ll consider adding your contribution!
PJ Slobojan

2016 Gold Coast Home Tour

Awesome Clausen! The 2016 Gold Coast-Hamburg Historic District Home Tour

Clausen made his home in the Gold Coast. He designed both the residences and work places of his neighbors. The 2016 tour includes five Clausen-related buildings, including the architect’s residence, three homes and an apartment building. The structures were built between 1870 and 1906; the variety of styles and materials reflect both Clausen’s skill as a master of his craft and Davenport’s architectural tastes of the period. Several are newly restored and some have never been open to the public.

The Hamburg Historic District was listed in the National Register in the 1980s. It was home to many successful German immigrant families who helped fuel the economic might of 19th century Davenport. By the 1930s, many of the large homes had been divided into rental properties; the area entered a long decline. In the 1980s, people began moving back into the neighborhood, restoring the buildings and returning many to single family homes.

Dates: Saturday, September 17, 10AM-4PM; Sunday, September 18, 12N-4PM.

Tickets: Adults $10.00; Children under 12 free when accompanied by an adult

Registration option with conference registration. Tickets will also be on sale at each tour home on tour days.

Homes on tour:

532 W. 7th Street- The Charles and Louise Beiderbecke House. (1881) Stick Style with Gothic Revival influences.

630 W. 6th Street- The F. G. and Joanna Clausen House. (c 1870) Vernacular Italianate/Greek Revival McClelland type house.

705-711 Gaines Street- The Best Apartments (1906) Craftsman style with Tudor influences.

712 W. 8th Street- The August and Fredrika Warnebold House. (1881) Italianate.

817 W. 7th Street- The Henry and Ottelie Koehler House. (1895) Queen Anne Free Style Classic.


Homes on Tour:

630 W. 6th St. The F. G. and Joanna Clausen House. In 187x, Clausen married Joanna Lischer, the daughter of Henry Lischer whose house at 630 W. 6th is acknowledged to be the architect’s first design built in the city. Fritz and Joanna lived next door until they moved in with Mr. Lischer next door in the 1890s. The F.G. Clausen house is a two-story brick McClelland-style home. A simple vernacular exterior conceals unusual interior features like a staircase that curves its entire length; many original details like original painted-grain woodwork are intact.

532 W. 7th St., The Charles and Louise Beiderbecke House.    Charles was a successful wholesale grocery and coal distributor. He and Louise were the grandparents of famed jazz cornetist “Bix” Beiderbecke. This is their second home in the neighborhood, built in the “Swiss” or Stick style. Architect Clausen is crediting with introducing the style to Davenport in. By the 1980s, the home was severely deteriorated. A series of owners have lovingly restored it. It now operates as the Beiderbecke Inn, a bed and breakfast.

Warnbold House. Clausen designed this house for August Warnbold and his family. While the brick exterior includes Gothic and xx elements, the interior is reminiscent of the Beiderbecke House, with similar generous proportions and spacious rooms. The house is currently undergoing restoration after.imilar to and lived on the property until

Koehler House. The Koehler House is an example of . The family were involved in the brewing business. Koehler lived next door to their married daughter and the house was sited to take advantage of fine Mississippi River views to the south. The delicate

The Best Townhouse Apartments, 1906. Few apartment buildings were ever constructed in this primarily single family home neighborhood. But in 1906, Davenport was growing rapidly, and the lack of “first class” housing was noted.  This apartment building was one of a handful built around the city between 1900 and 1910. Clausen and his firm designed a number of them. He built this one for his good friend, entrepreneur Louis Best. In the 1930s, the four townhouses were split in two to create eight apartments. The buildings is current under renovation to return them to their original footprint. A finished apartment as well as areas under construction will be on tour.

Davenport to Host Historic Preservation Conference!!!

Davenport to Host Historic Preservation Conference
By Sarah Ritter • Jan 20, 2016

Courtesy of WVIK Quad Cities 90.3

News, Music, Arts & Culture


Over 400 historians, government officials, and architects will travel from all over Iowa to Davenport this fall. This week, the city announced it’ll host the state-wide historic preservation conference in September.

Community Planner Ryan Rusnak says it’s the first year Davenport will hold the Preserve Iowa Summit.
He says Davenport’s downtown has improved due to historic preservation.

Rusnak says the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs granted Davenport $12,000 for the conference. But, the city still has to find money for food, advertising, and guest speakers.

And, he says the summit will coincide with the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act.

He hopes to find a keynote speaker to talk about the historic preservation movement.

Rusnak says the city will create a committee to choose venues and programming. The Preserve Iowa Summit will take place September 7th through the 11th.

Jipp Recognition! Love the Gold Coast!

That Old House Smell
Courtesy of The Quad City Times 2/21/16

I recognized the smell as soon as I opened the door of Architectural Rescue Shop at The Jipp. It’s the sweet, heavy smell of wood and dust and age. I’ve loved old houses long enough that the smell is as familiar to me as the sound of creaking floorboards and the quality of light that pours through wavy window glass.

The Architectural Rescue Shop on Gaines Street in Davenport is a little overwhelming at first. Everything is sorted and shelved, but I don’t use the word “everything” lightly. There are drawers full of cabinet pulls and 100-year-old doorknobs. There are stacks of mismatched tile, rubber tubs full of pieces tin ceiling; elaborate metal floor grates stacked like books on a bookshelf; sinks and clawfoot tubs; stained glass windows.

There was a fresh layer of snow on the ground and a brittle chill in the air, but a man in the shop offered to open the barn behind the shop so we could see more of this endless collection. Inside the barn were doors, huge doors build for grand entrances into studies and sitting rooms of houses that were no longer standing. It was store, but it also served as a kind of museum to the surrounding blocks of the Gold Coast-Hamburg Historic District.

Since I moved to the Quad-Cities, I’ve been fascinated by that neighborhood that spills down the hill toward downtown and the river. It stands somewhere between its storied past and its bright future, a strange mix of repaired and crumbling houses. One house is lovingly redone and next door the windows are boarded up and the wrap around porch roof is braced in such a way that it seems a timber is keeping the entire structure from coming down.

I went to an open house in the neighborhood, crunching through the snow with a half-dozen others. There it was, that smell, as soon as I walked in the living room.

Only a crazy person would buy a house like this I thought. With every turn, I saw repairs and rehabbing, painting and scraping, tightening and tearing down. Only a crazy person would let this place continue to deteriorate, I thought. Each room has such a story to tell. How many people have sat on that back porch looking out over the city and the river?
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I’ve owned a couple old houses – usually turn of the century Craftsman. Each time, I bought them against wise advice of family and friends, making the irrational choices of someone in love. Sign the closing documents, and the dysfunctional relationship begins. You open the windows of the old place and both you and the house breathe a sigh of relief. And then it starts asking for things – to be painted, to be repaired. In a kitchen drawer, you keep a list of projects that you’ll get to with each paycheck. You watch YouTube videos about how to fix cracks in lathe and plaster. You research period lighting fixtures. You learn life lessons one contractor at a time.

There’s something wrong with people who love old houses. It’s a little like owning a sailboat, which I made the mistake of doing once. It was more painting and patching and cleaning than sailing and even on a sunny day with a nice breeze, you see the lapping wake as a chance to crawl toward the bow and pull up a bucket of water to clean.

But just like a boat, you let yourself imagine that the old house loves you back. It rewards your hard work when you cut back overgrown hedges and discover a pear tree that comes back with a little pruning. You sweep away the cobwebs in the shed and discover a workbench with an intricate system of Mason jars for screws and nails and tiny drawers built by the old man who spent his days there decades ago. You find the carved names of children and a cameo necklace buried at the edge of a feral garden.

There’s a lot of debate about what houses, here and elsewhere, about what homes should be saved and about what makes things historically valuable. Each community chooses a narrative it wants to preserve and the things on the fringes of the story can be torn down and replaced.

But there’s another side of historic preservation that can’t be debated or city ordinanced. It has nothing to do with tax credits and lines drawn around a historic district. It’s purely emotional. It’s that smell.

Autumn Phillips is the executive editor of the Quad-City Times. 563-383-2264; aphillips@qctimes.com; on Twitter @autumnedit.

2014 High Tea A Tremendous Success!!!

A record number of guests made our High Tea very successful!  According to Steve Andrews, event chair, over forty guests were comfortably seated in this spacious mansion.  Seats were sold out early with many placed on a wait list in hopes that a seat might become available.

The courses were served with efficiency and the guests enjoyed a bounty of delectable treats and melodic entertainment.


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 projects. The accompanying photo shows Alex at work at one of the local residences. He can be contacted at Alex.Phoen@hotmail.com . Thanks Alex, for helping to beautify the Gold Coast neighborhood.