Stearns Cottage (Polly Ann Stearns)

1915 9th AvenueStearns Cottage


Rock Island Landmark, 1992; Broadway National Register District, 1998

Significance Statement

Worker house with high style details.

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Built in 1879, the appearance of this tiny structure is significantly enhanced by its many high style attributes. A detailed Italianate center entry porch has a tiny Mansard-style roof with shingle trim. The two over two windows feature segmental arch hoods with applied wood designs. The home features a rubble stone foundation and feather-grained woodwork on the interior. The original one-story, shed style kitchen in the back retains its original board and batten siding.


This home is an important example of a Rock Island worker house. Many short-term renters, who engaged in a wide variety of occupations, resided here. They included a wallpaper hanger, a painter, a chauffeur and a railroad switchman, among others. Polly Ann Stearns bought the property in 1878 and lived here until circa 1892.


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