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1. The Current Iowa sits on the site of the first hotel built west of the Mississippi River.

2. Up, The Current's rooftop bar and restaurant, provides unmatched views of downtown Davenport and the Mississippi River from its outdoor patio, outfitted with six fire pits, and glassed-in restaurant. From the ground, passersby cannot see it, because historic guidelines prohibit it from extending to the roof's edge. It might seem like a new thing for the Q-C, but the Putnam building had a rooftop lounge back in 1912. "With the addition of modern amenities and a glass railing, we did everything we could to recreate the historic patio," according to Theresa Greene, Restoration St. Louis' marketing coordinator.

Big Story: Introducing the Current Iowa

3. Current guests need not worry about ice or snow at the main hotel door off Main Street. The sidewalk was removed, and heating coils were added to keep it from freezing.

4. The hotel generates its own power with a solar array installed by Moxie Solar, a North Liberty-based company with Davenport operations. On a partially-sunny day, it produces enough energy to power the hotel.

5. Even the staff uniforms are seen as pieces of art. Employees will wear dark jeans, gingham-style shirts and converse Chuck Taylor shoes. Contrary to traditional company policy, employees' tattoos are allowed to be visible. 

6. Amy Gill's definition of Midwest art pulls from at least 10 states, including Texas, Colorado, Wisconsin, Ohio, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Wyoming and Michigan.

7. The Current Iowa's architects also got into the artistic spirit. A geographic-designed wall in the lobby is a concept created by the building's lead architect, Kelly Duepner. 

8. The Reserve, the hotel's private tequila aging and tasting room (there's wine, too), offers every brand the State of Iowa is licensed to sell.

9. In the lobby, you'll see a set of the building's original and intact marble steps and iron railing, as well as marble floors. 

10. What's in a name? The Current, according to marketing staff, comes from the "buzzy energy that imbues every square foot of the building," the hotel's focus on offering a contemporary experience and "the literal movement of the nearby majestic Mississippi River." 


Amanda Hancock is a reporter covering food, arts and entertainment in the Quad-Cities (and beyond).