Barely 13 months after it closed, new life is about to be breathed into the Clarissa C. Cook Retirement Home in Davenport.
The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society is the new owner of the home. The group plans to remodel the 35-room mansion, creating eight apartments that will offer senior living services.
“It’s been in the works a long time,” said Cyndi Koenes, of the Good Samaritan Society-Davenport.
"The Clarissa Cook board approached non-profits to allow them to show interest in the project, and the board who made the selection.”
Koenes said the home at 100 S. Pine St. was donated to the Good Samaritan Society, which offers long-term care and other services in Davenport.
Margo Hancock, president of the Clarissa Cook board, said in a news release that Good Samaritan was selected in part because of its solid reputation and being a part of the west-end community.
Koenes said in the past, the home was used for communal-type living. Showers and bathrooms on each of the floors served residents living on that floor.
The eight apartments will be open to singles and couples, she said. Construction will begin as soon as possible for the goal of opening the home in the summer.
The Clarissa C. Cook Home for the Friendless opened in 1882 after Clarissa Cook left $50,000 in a trust after her death. The house was built on a five-acre plot she also donated.
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.
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.