Hailed as the nation's most livable city by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Davenport is the third largest city in Iowa and the regional beacon for the Quad-Cities region. Founded in 1836, the city is currently enjoying its greatest revitalization in 80 years, including an expansive River Renaissance. It boasts of the River Music Experience, Freight House Farmer's Market, and internationally recognized Figge Art Museum as an architectural icon, not to mention many historic significant properties by renowned architects, along Davenport's magnificent riverfront.
This once glorious, high-end Blackhawk Hotel was built in 1915 during an economic boom period in Davenport. It originally was a seven-story hotel but in the 1920s, with money flowing into the city, four more stories were added. This created a 400 room brick hotel, with a fancy frontage, complete with marble accents around the windows.
During its long history, prominent guests stayed at the Blackhawk Hotel, from movie stars to politicians. Carey Grant, Carl Sandburg, Herbert Hoover, Richard Nixon and Jack Dempsey were some of its more distinguished guests.
In the late 1970s, the economic growth that Davenport had enjoyed flat-lined. The city of Davenport jumped into action and took urban renewal seriously, building a new civic center, called the Rivercenter, a good first step in their attempt to revitalize downtown. Over the years, this effort to revitalize downtown Davenport has proven to be an uphill battle in which they have made good progress, seeing improvements as a result of their efforts.
In the 1990s, when the economy picked up, a convention center was built near the Blackhawk Hotel. Many new additions and renovations to existing buildings took place and the construction of new buildings, such as the Figge Art Museum, brought new energy into the city. Plans to attract visitors downtown started with sprucing up their outside public areas, such as the fixing up of Modern Woodmen Park. In order to develop the riverfront area and build a new hotel, which was badly needed, the city struck a deal with a gambling organization, The Isle of Capri, who also bought the Blackhawk Hotel.
The hotel reopened as The President Casino's Blackhawk Hotel, with close proximity to a gaming casino. Due to a fire, the inside of the hotel, particularly one floor, was heavily damaged. Other floors suffered water damage as a result of firemen’s hoses. The hotel finally closed in February 2006. This closing left the convention center in a rough situation, as there was now only one hotel, the Radisson, to take its visitors, thus making it hard to book shows and conventions there.
In April 2009, the Blackhawk Hotel was sold directly to an experienced, enthusiastic restoration/renovation company, Restoration St. Louis.
The project was completed in December of 2010. Restoration St. Louis’ main goal was to make the Blackhawk a place to be once again. Modern renovations have been made to the rooms, but Restoration St. Louis wanted to maintain a 1920s feel in the lobby, taking guests back in time to the period the Hotel Blackhawk was first built. The historic lobby was restored and the original chandelier and marble flooring have been preserved to add to this grand lobby. In addition, the bowling alley made a return to the lower level. Many of the hotel’s original features still remain today, including a grand piano, once played by big bands such as Guy Lombardo and Stan Kenton.
This Chicago commercial style building was built by famed Davenport industrialist William Renwick in 1897 and underwent a $6 million renovation in 2012.
The building, which used to be the Matthew's Office and Furniture Store, now houses 18 one and two bedroom chic apartments featuring open layouts, granite counter tops, balconies, high ceilings, large windows, and eco-friendly material. The Renwick also boasts an incredible rooftop deck and party room, modern fitness center, plus a commercial venue space and state-of-the-art recording studio.
The Renwick features all-inclusive rent and a convient downtown location, mere blocks from riverfront attractions.
The Current ~ Iowa
215 N. Main St., Davenport, IA
From porters in stylish duds to original contemporary artwork in every room and one-of-a-kind spaces to host meetings and social gatherings, The Current ~ Iowa puts an artful spin on the meaning of luxury. Built by renowned architect Daniel Burnham on the site of Davenport's first hotel, this AAA Four Diamond-rated hotel in the heart of downtown Davenport offers breathtaking views of the Mighty Mississippi. The Current is far more than just a hotel name. It embodies the buzzy energy that imbues every square foot of the building, captures the hotel’s focus on providing a contemporary and exciting guest experience, and reflects the literal movement of the nearby majestic Mississippi River.
The Current is located on West 2nd St. and North Main and is perfectly positioned one block away from The Figge Art Museum. Combining Midwestern hospitality with youthful energy, The Current provides a “hipstoric” experience in the heart of the Quad Cities. The Current flies the flag of the Marriott Autograph Collection, a portfolio of exceptional one-of-a-kind hotels owned by Marriott International, Inc. - like its big sister hotel (Hotel Blackhawk) two blocks away.
Everything needed for a fun and luxurious stay awaits you at The Current. Housed in the last building completed by iconic American architect Daniel Burnham, The Current honors its local roots while reinterpreting what comfort means for the modern traveler. Step into the lobby and immediately become immersed in the dazzling art that adorns the walls. The Current sources pieces from many of the Midwest’s premier and emerging artists. Further showcasing The Current’s commitment to both beauty and community, the hotel also features vibrant creations from Hot Glass, an Iowa nonprofit, teaching art and life skills to veterans and underprivileged youth.
Like its sibling, Hotel Blackhawk, The Current effortlessly blends old-world charm with modern amenities. Both hotels are managed by Innkeeper Hospitality Services (IHS) of St. Louis. The Current comprises 78 rooms on 9 floors, with the seventh and eight floors dedicated to modern luxury apartments. Guests of The Current may choose to stay in a premier room, a one-bedroom suite, or a two-bedroom deluxe suite; all are elegantly appointed with plenty of surprise amenities, and each suite features a kitchen as well as a washer and dryer. Always attentive to guests’ comfort, The Current offers three meeting rooms, a fitness room, a swimming pool, access to a full spa, a club room, two restaurants, and a private dining room.
The careful renovation of what is called LeClair’s First Addition rescued two historically significant buildings from its long term decline and vacancy. Restoration St. Louis completed a $46 million renovation of the M.L Parker, Putnam and Center buildings, now known as City Square, located on the south half of the block between Brady and Main on 2nd Street.
The ground floor of City Square houses Wells Fargo Bank while Contax, HUB International Iowa, Logiflow Services, and Cottingham & Butler occupy the Class A offices above. The building is finished with 20 luxury apartments on the top two floors that features all-inclusive rent, granite counter-tops, stainless steel appliances, and washer/dryers in every unit. The Center building that connects City Square and The Current is home to Subway and Junior Achievement. During construction, special care was taken to completely restore the masonry on all three buildings, maintain the original elevators, recreate the rooftop restaurant and patio atop The Current ~ Iowa, as well as restore the original staircase including original, wrought iron railings and marble floors.
401 N. Brady St., Davenport, IA 52801
This historic, 135 year-old building features a series of beautiful studio, one, two and three bedroom apartments. Units feature open, loft-style layout and upscale details including marble shower surrounds, granite counter-tops, high ceilings, and skylights! These are a great choice for urban-dwelling professionals, medical professionals, and students with a refined palette.
Enjoy a great location: minutes away from Davenport's Business District, Hotel Blackhawk, and Riverfront.
Built in 1905 as the original home of Smith Brothers & Burdick Co., this iconic four-story Davenport building has been renovated as “Market Lofts.” The 37 true loft-style units range from 500 square foot studios to 1,600 square foot 3 bed/2 bath apartments. All units feature open layouts, granite counter-tops, high ceilings and choice balconies. The $7.5 million renovation preserved the building’s unique exposed brick and heavy timber construction while incorporating contemporary finishes and modern amenities.
Centered in Davenport’s Loft District, Market Lofts offers: heated three season pool, large fitness center and tenant lounge, secure covered parking and storage lockers are also available. Downtown Davenport’s hottest new address features hotel-style living with cable, internet and all utilities in an all-inclusive lease. Market Lofts is redefining urban living in the Quad Cities