New construction in historic neighborhoods should harmonize with the predominant characteristics of the surrounding neighborhood. Originality, innovation and quality design within the context of the surrounding community are encouraged. The Rock Island Preservation Commission used this philosophy of infill construction when they sponsored an architectural design contest to gather innovative yet compatible house plans for specific locations in the city’s Broadway and Chicago Addition neighborhoods. These designs are intended to demonstrate to citizens, contractors, real estate developers and bankers that quality, affordable new construction in older neighborhoods is desirable and feasible. Eleven house elevations and floor plans are featured, along with jury comments.