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Preservationists Seek Landmark Status for Hauberg Mansion

Hauberg Civic Center

A local group hopes naming a building in Rock Island a "historic landmark" could stop the city from selling it. This week, the Rock Island Preservation Society and others have applied for landmark designation for the Hauberg mansion.

Member Diane Oestreich says since the Hauberg family gifted the mansion to the city 70 years ago, Rock Island has been struggling to pay for up-keep. The city says it can no longer afford the $40,000 cost each year, and could eventually sell the building.

The Friends of Hauberg Civic Center group has been looking for ways to save the mansion and raise money, such as holding tours or opening a gift shop. 

Oestreich hopes the Historic Preservation Commission will designate the Hauberg mansion as a "Rock Island Landmark." It could ensure the building's historic features stay the same and attract more tourists. The commission should consider the proposal next month.

But the Rock Island city council is once again moving forward with plans to consider accepting bids for the Hauberg Civic Center. Aldermen will discuss listing the building and land as surplus property, at Monday's meeting.