- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 1, 2014

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - The city of Davenport has purchased a long-deteriorating historic home and plans to turn it over to a community group eager to restore it.

Davenport acquired the title for the Lambrite-Iles-Petersen home on Monday after paying $34,000 to its owner, the Quad-City Times reported (https://bit.ly/YLRubf ). The city said it will give the property to the nonprofit Friends of 510.

Mike Ryan, who leads the nonprofit group, said it has raised nearly $40,000 in pledges toward work on the residence, which will include securing the house against further damage from weather.

The nonprofit said it will need to hire a structural architect and conservator to decide what features of the home can be saved. The group will also identify estimated costs for renovation and potential funding sources.

The house was built in the late 1850s and got its name from its past owners, who include a sawmill owner and the chief surgeon at a Confederate prison camp. The home’s architect is J.C. Cochran, who also helped design the state’s Capitol.

The price tag was determined after assistant city attorney Brian Heyer and an appraisal by the Integrity Appraisals of Bettendorf said the home’s value was $34,000.


Information from: Quad-City Times, https://www.qctimes.com

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