Stauduhar House (George P. & Anna Stauduhar)
1608 21st Street
DesignationIndividual National Register Designation, 1982; Highland Park Historic District, 1985
Significance StatementStately family home of prolific Rock Island architect.
Architect / BuilderStauduhar, George P., Architect
Tour PublicationsHighland Park; John Looney
This is the home architect George Stauduhar designed and built for his family in 1895. Of special note are the tile roof, the Classical pediment atop two story columns, the rounded bays, differing window shapes and the twisted copper downspouts. The second and third stories were first faced with cedar shingles, but after a fire in 1918 the surface material was changed to stucco. The interior is just as elaborate and fanciful as the exterior of the home. The dining room features a barrel-vaulted ceiling and the woodwork in the entry hall is very elaborate.
Stauduhar was a prolific and well-known architect in the Midwest. He received his architecture degree from the University of Illinois in 1888. He married Anna Elizabeth Farrell in 1891, and the couple had eight children. In 1890, Stauduhar established an architectural practice in Rock Island that continued until his death in 1928. According to materials contained in the Stauduhar Architectural Collection at the University of Illinois, the architectural practice included the entire Stauduhar family. The sons assisted in business arrangements and supervised on-site construction work, while the daughters maintained financial records and inventories. The oldest son, Charles, operated his own construction company and was Stauduhar’s principal business partner.