Jonathan Turner | June 9th 2021
Peter Lampe House, 1128 Mound St., Village of East Davenport
This award recognizes outstanding preservation of a small historic preservation project using State Historic Preservation Tax Credit Program incentives. For purposes of this award, small projects are defined as those projects having total qualified costs of $750,000 or less.
Davenport’s Peter Lampe House, ca. 1856, is located in the Village of East Davenport Historic District, listed on the National Register of
Historic Places in 1980.
The district is significant for its working class housing built during the heyday of the lumber industry in the Upper Mississippi Valley, according to the awards. Sitting just up the hill from the Great River Road and the Mississippi River, and at the edge of the railroad embankment that runs through the Village of East Davenport, the Lampe House is said to have been a 19th
century boarding house for railroad travelers.
In its new life (since August 2016), the house is the Wide River Winery’s Tasting Room. At one time serving weary and hungry travelers by providing a place to sleep in the attic and something to eat, “today the Peter Lampe House serves as a cordial and welcoming stop offering Iowa wine and snacks to neighborhood residents and tourists,” the state said.
“The restoration energized many history buffs. The building was vacant and in need of serious shoring up and stabilization, and the inside was a sadly deteriorating remnant of the 1980s,” the award listing says. “The completed project boasts a building exterior that remains nearly the same as it was in 1856, and an interior that shines with well-crafted cabinetry, wood floors and 19th century art.
“The wine tasting room has been a spark plug for the community,” the state said. “The project improved the tax base and added a fun and attractive destination in one of Davenport’s oldest neighborhoods.”