The Lambrite-Iles Petersen House, which overlooks downtown Davenport, is now a local landmark.
The Davenport City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to declare the property a landmark on the request’s third reading.
Alderman Bill Edmond, 2nd Ward, joined in approving the request, something he hadn’t done on two previous readings.
Previously, Edmond had voiced concerns that the council, by declaring the house at 510 W. 6th St. a landmark, was trampling the rights of owner Gordon Muller. The landmark request was made by the city’s historic preservation commission.
“We’re in the eighth week and third reading,” Edmond said. “I’ve studied whether he has given up his property rights, and in my opinion, he has given up his property rights. I’m changing my vote to ‘yes.’ ”
Muller continues to live in the neighborhood, but not in the Italianate house, which is falling into disrepair. Exasperated neighbors who support the designation have attended council meetings since the landmark proposal was first put on the agenda.
Declared inhabitable in 2010 by the city, the house has windows that are broken out. Animals have gotten inside,the yard is overgrown, and an abandoned automobile is parked in the driveway.
Built in 1856, it is one of the first examples of Italian villa architecture in the state. Among its owners was John H.C. Petersen, who operated the largest department store in Davenport. The house’s architect, J.C. Cochrane, designed the Illinois and Iowa statehouses.