Davenport Bag and Paper Co.

November  07, 2012

    Another historic building in downtown Davenport may soon be converted into apartments. Tonight the city council will be asked to designate the Davenport Bag and Paper Company a local landmark.
    Located at 301 East 2nd Street, it was built in 1907 to produce paper bags, wrapping paper, and flour sacks. But by 1940, it housed the Peterson Paper Company.
    Senior Planning Manager, Matt Flynn, says the owner of the property requested the landmark designation because that might help win grants to pay for the project.
    The building was designed by a noted local architect, G. A. Hanssen, and is thought to be one of the buildings in the city designed to be fireproof. The development of fireproof construction resulted from the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.
    The owner, Y and J Properties, wants to open commercial space on the first floor, and 20 apartments on the upper four floors. Flynn says this and other recent projects show why the census tract including downtown Davenport is the fastest growing census tract in the Quad Cities.
    The city's Historic Preservation Commission recommends landmark status for the Bag and Paper Company building.