Photos: Russell family recombines original Davenport estate Dec 21, 2019 Dec 21, 2019 122219-qct-qca-russell-02.jpg A long hallway runs across the entire back of the house, with windows on either end. To brighten what could be a dark space because of the extensive woodwork, the Russells removed the shades from the three chandeliers and added mirrors. JESSICA GALLAGHER / 122219-qct-qca-russell-05.jpg This couch in the living room faces the Mississippi River. Behind it, past the columns with built-in bookshelves, is the library with a fireplace. JESSICA GALLAGHER / 122219-qct-qca-russell-17.jpg The kitchen features white marble countertops, a white subway tile backsplash, black molding, blue cabinets and 14 exposed light bulbs on the ceiling, a Michelle touch. JESSICA GALLAGHER / 122219-qct-qca-russell-18.jpg The master bath features windows on three sides, a mirror-fronted dressing table, a couch for taking in the view, a claw-foot tub and, at right, a shelf for towels. JESSICA GALLAGHER / 122219-qct-qca-russell-19.jpg The master bath is a study in white and light. The front half is surrounded on three sides by windows overlooking the Mississippi River, and light ricochets off the mirrors. JESSICA GALLAGHER / 122219-qct-qca-russell-20.jpg The dressing table in the master bath is fronted with mirrored glass. The windows overlook the Mississippi River. JESSICA GALLAGHER / 122219-qct-qca-russell-21.jpg Windows of the master bath overlook the Mississippi River. In the foreground is a blanket-covered couch for taking in the view. JESSICA GALLAGHER / 122219-qct-qca-russell-22.jpg A claw-foot tub, marble walls and a vanity fronted with mirrored glass are three features of the master bath. JESSICA GALLAGHER / 122219-qct-qca-russell-23.jpg A shiny chandelier hangs over the pool table in the third floor billiards room. JESSICA GALLAGHER / 122219-qct-qca-russell-24.jpg The billiards room isn't the only space on the home's third floor. To the right is a full apartment, with kitchen, living room, bedroom, bath and laundry room. Other rooms and storage are to the left. JESSICA GALLAGHER / 122219-qct-qca-russell-25.jpg The third floor billiards room features a barrel-vaulted ceiling with skylight, columns and deep wood wainscoting. JESSICA GALLAGHER / 122219-qct-qca-russell-26.jpg The billiards room on the third floor includes doors opening to a balcony. JESSICA GALLAGHER / 122219-qct-qca-russell-27.jpg A major reason the Russells bought their home overlooking the Mississippi River was to provide magical memories for their grandchildren. This stars-and-moon entry to a play room is part of the magic. JESSICA GALLAGHER / 122219-qct-qca-russell-28.jpg With so much space, the Russell home has room for a standing nursery for when children and grandchildren come to visit. JESSICA GALLAGHER / 122219-qct-qca-russell-29.jpg Some visitors say the basement is their favorite part of the house because of its exposed brick walls, concrete floor and numerous nooks and crannies to investigate. JESSICA GALLAGHER / 122219-qct-qca-russell-30.jpg This Western Union communication system was installed for use by the Secret Service when then-President George H.W. Bush stayed in the house. JESSICA GALLAGHER / 122219-qct-qca-russell-31.jpg Inside each of these vertical racks in the basement are rods for hanging bed sheets. When the racks are pushed back into place, a heat source dries the sheets. JESSICA GALLAGHER / 122219-qct-qca-russell-32.jpg A craft table with a toy train running below is set up in the basement for the grandchildren. At left are utility sinks that were used by "the help" when the Frenches built the house. JESSICA GALLAGHER / 122219-qct-qca-russell-33.jpg Items with a rabbit motif are a favorite collectible. JESSICA GALLAGHER / 122219-qct-qca-russell-34.jpg The home now owned by Jim and Michelle Solis Russell was built during 1912-1914 by Nathaniel French. It was one of the first major homes built in the McClellan Heights subdivision, one of three crowning the bluff just west of McClellan Boulevard. JESSICA GALLAGHER / 122219-qct-qca-russell-35.jpg The Russells are restoring the yard off their terrace, including walking paths, a fountain and unparalleled views of the Mississippi River. JESSICA GALLAGHER / 122219-qct-qca-russell-36.jpg The back or the front? This is the north-facing side of the Russell home where a porte-cochere, or porch projects over the driveway. In front of the pillars is a fountain now decorated like a Christmas tree. JESSICA GALLAGHER / 122219-qct-qca-russell-37.jpg The back or the front? This is the north-facing side of the Russell home where a porte-cochere, or porch projects over the driveway. In front of the pillars is a fountain now decorated like a Christmas tree. JESSICA GALLAGHER / 122219-qct-qca-russell-38.jpg A fondness for the rabbit motif is reflected in this door knocker. JESSICA GALLAGHER / Related to this collection +24 Home & Garden On the bluff at Christmas: Russell family recombines original Davenport estate Dec 21, 2019 Jim and Michelle Solis Russell were trying to decide. Should they add onto their existing Bettendorf home? Build something brand-new? Seek out… +6 Local News Rick's Six: A warm Christmas, man charged with making sex video, family energized by historic Davenport mansion Dec 23, 2019 A good Monday to all. 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