After 130 years, the Clarissa C. Cook Retirement Home in Davenport will close its doors for good later this year.
A statement from the retirement home’s board blamed the closing on expansion of government subsidized housing in the Quad-Cities that provide more and better amenities. The home will cease operation on Sept. 30.
Twelve residents and their families will be assisted by the retirement home’s board and administrator to find other housing. At its peak, the nonprofit home had about 20 residents.
“We think a lot of them and want to be very helpful,” said Gwen Korn, who sits on the home’s board.
The closing also affects 12 full- and part-time employees. There is no immediate plan for the property and the 35-room mansion at 100 S. Pine St., Korn said.
The home opened in 1882 as the Clarissa C. Cook Home for the Friendless after Clarissa Cook left $50,000 in a trust to build a building after her death. The house was built on a five-acre plot she also donated in the southwest part of the city.
Her wish was that “destitute and indigent females of Scott County be first entitled to admission.”
Clarissa C. Cook was born in 1811 in New York and married Ebenezer Cook in 1833. Ebenezer Cook, an attorney, served as Davenport mayor from 1858 to 1859. They had no children. Clarissa Cook died in 1879 at the age of 67.
The long-time philanthropist also donated money to help build Trinity Episcopal Church and for construction of a library building in Davenport. In her will, she forgave several outstanding loans.
Friends and residents celebrated her 200th birthday last summer at the home.
The retirement home is a separate entity from the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf, also named in her honor and funded through her bequest.