The Peterson Paper Co. building was erected in 1907, according to an Iowa Site Inventory Form from the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, State Historical Society of Iowa. It originally housed the Davenport Bag & Paper Co., which produced paper bags, wrapping paper and flour sacks. At the time it was constructed, it was touted as a fireproof, reinforced concrete building.
The use of Chicago-style windows came out of the technological advancements made in the wake of the Chicago fire of 1871, according to the Historical Society. The window style combined a wide, center window flanked by a pair of narrow windows to create a greater expanse of glass.
The revolving door at the building’s entrance was a marvel of the era and is among only a few of its type remaining in the Quad-Cities.
According to the Historical Society, Davenport Bag & Paper Co. became part of a core of manufacturing and warehouse industries that dominated the east end of Davenport’s central business district from the late 19th century through World War I.
By 1940, the building housed Peterson Paper Co., according to the
Peterson Paper was founded in 1907 as the H.A. Morrow Co, according to a Sept. 17, 1998, Quad-City Times story. The firm had been owned by the Peterson family since 1918. Ownership spanned four generations of Petersons with Peter Peterson as the last owner.
In 1998, Peterson Paper was purchased by Great Western Supply, which was founded in Davenport in 1926 by Oswald and Cecilia Blumer.
Peterson Paper Co. wound up its business in the downtown Davenport landmark in 1998.