Clarissa C. Cook likely would be proud.
The mansion named in honor of the 19-century philanthropist from Davenport has a new purpose.
After operating 133 years as the Clarissa C. Cook Retirement Home, the former 35-room mansion has been transformed into a nine-apartment living facility for people 55 and older.
Good Samaritan Society-Cook Legacy Village, 100 S. Pine St., Davenport, is open for occupancy. The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society is the new owner of the former retirement home, which was built in 1882 to provide communal living for indigent women.
It currently is accepting applications.
The Clarissa C. Cook home was donated in 2013 to the Good Samaritan Society, which offers long-term care, senior living and other services in Davenport. The Society owns and operates more than 240 long-term healthcare centers and senior living communities across the country, including Good Samaritan Society–Davenport.
The mansion originally was called the Clarissa C. Cook Home for the Friendless. The land was part of a 15-acre farm owned by Clarissa Cook.
"Until 2012, it was run as communal living," said Cyndi Koenes, marketing and development director for Good Samaritan Society, Davenport. "There was one bathroom on each floor and 35 sleeping rooms. It was for indigent women. We were told in order for them to be accepted there, they had to have $100, a black dress to be buried in and a Bible. But years later, they paid rent. Its board has always been mindful of what Clarissa would think in terms of changes."
Clarissa Cook was born in 1811 in New York and married Ebenezer Cook in 1833. Ebenezer was an attorney who served as Davenport mayor from 1858-1859. When Clarissa died in 1879, she left $50,000 in a trust. Her wish was that "destitute and indigent females of Scott County be first entitled admission."
In 2012 it was determined by the Clarissa C. Cook Home board of directors that the mansion should be given to a nonprofit that might have a similar vision and mission that Cook had. A formal selection process was begun and it was determined that Good Samaritan Society-Davenport was a good fit.
After a makeover, there now are nine individual units with unique architectural features such as exposed brick walls, window transoms and unusual dormers. The first floor has remained largely the same and true to the era the home was built. Tenants will be able to use the common areas on first floor. A new garage was built with a space for each apartment.
The apartments range in size from 500-plus square feet to 900-plus square feet, and rent includes all utilities, appliances, basic cable and public WiFi. Rents will range from $975 to $1,375, based on square footage.
The property also includes trees, flowers, wide-open grassy areas, a gazebo, porches, benches and a vineyard.