Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau
1601 River Drive, Suite 110
Moline, IL 61265
MUSEUM WEEK EVENTS
Hidden Treasures of George Mann Neidecken Tours - Stop by the Hauberg Center and enjoy a tour of this amazing mansion during Museum Week on June 8th, 12th and 14th from 10:00-2:00. Tours starting at 10:00, 11:00 and 12:00. The tours will be Hidden Treasures of George Mann Neidecken, Interior Designer of the Hauberg Estate. Tours will feature his biography, an original carpet design, stenciling, furniture and pictures from Milwaukee Art Museum where all of his work is archived. Tickets will be 5.00 (half price).
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ABOUT THE HAUBERG CENTER
Address: 1300 24th Street, Rock Island, IL.
Grounds are open during daylight hours. The home can only be entered when a reservation is made for a tour.
Hours, Tours & Admission: Docent-lead Tours of the Hauberg Mansion are available and last 45 minutes. The cost is Adults $10.00; Children 12 and under free; School Groups free; Group tours (10 people) require a reservation. Members of Friends of Hauberg Civic Center Foundation receive a free tour with an annual membership. Please be sure to show the docent your membership card. Cash or checks are accepted for payment. To schedule a tour, please call 563-265-2753 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
The Hauberg Civic Center - The Hauberg family called this the Great House, but today it is known as Hauberg Civic Center. It was given to the City of Rock Island in 1956 by the children of the Haubergs. Little had changed from the time it was first occupied in 1911. The Hauberg descendants even left many family furnishings for local citizens to enjoy.
It is most fitting that the home designed for a lumber baron's daughter features many different varieties of wood trim, including mahogany, oak, walnut and birch. The several fireplace mantels are works of art in themselves. Iridescent glass tiles depict a tulip garden in one, while Rookwood tiles with a tulip motif are used in the master bedroom. The living room features an Aeolian pipe organ that can direct sound throughout the house. It's not an ordinary pipe organ, either, it will play automatically!
The 7 acre wooded landscape, currently undergoing restoration, is a masterpiece of Jens Jensen's philosophy of woodland design. Created from a once featureless hillside, it has meadows, a fire circle, and a stream with an arched bridge. All is accessed by a winding brick driveway (no motorized vehicles permitted). There is even a terraced garden that once provided a variety of fruits for the family and neighbors.
The large garage/stable building is largely intact, complete with an apartment on the second story. It appears to have been inspired by the German "Haubarg" style of farm building and perhaps was designed by architect Spencer as a sly reference to honor the Hauberg name. He had traveled extensively in Europe and was a scholar of European styles.
Friends of Hauberg Civic Center is a non-profit group that was created in 2016 to restore this historic home and promote its use for both civic and private activities. Tours are also available! Proceeds from tours and private events go towards restoration efforts.