Watch Hill addresses today are among the most prestigious in Rock Island. The older part of Watch Hill, historically known as Hill Crest, was extremely isolated and exclusive in 1918 when the area was platted. The rolling hillsides, curving streets, and copious shade trees make this quiet residential neighborhood a fitting complement to Black Hawk State Historic Site, which borders the neighborhood.
Expensive and elaborate homes were built in Watch Hill from the 1920s to the 1950s, including many Craftsman, Tudor Revival, Contemporary and International style homes designed by architects. High style and generous square footage dominate the streetscape. Fourteenth Street contains some of the most outstanding residences in the City. This is an enjoyable car or bike ride for architecture and nature enthusiasts.
The very irregularly shaped Hill Crest and Watch Hill area is roughly bounded by 12th and 24th Streets and 35th and 42nd Avenues.
The Broadway Historic District is located in Ward 5.