Photos and Description of this 4 bedroom holiday estate in Iowa City - Mansion on the Mississippi Riv
Estate, 4 Bedrooms + Library, 5.5 Baths, (Sleeps 10*)
A restored mansion located 6 blocks from the Mississippi River in DAVENPORT, IOWA, for Family Reunions, Corporate Retreats, Extended stays, Anniversary Celebrations, Memorial Services, Weddings, Showers, Bachelorette Slumber Parties and Conferences.
We host many Groom's Families who stay together when they arrive for the wedding.
So beautiful we've named it 'Riverview' A Victorian Mansion on the Banks of Mississippi-
HUMAN RESOURCES Managers, the house is available for EXTENDED CORPORATE STAYS
15 minutes from the Quad Cities International Airport makes this location perfect for large group gatherings of up to 100 during the day and comfortable lodging for 12 for overnight stays.
The Spirit of Hospitality! Once you take the keys, you take over this mansion as if it were your own. We can supply our 5-star list of caterers, music and lighting contractors or you can provide your own.
This three-story 1894 mansion has been fully restored to its original splendor. The downstairs features a huge gourmet catering kitchen, dining room, library and parlor with two original fireplaces and a panoramic view from its bay windows of the lighted Centennial Bridge and the mighty Mississippi River in Davenport, Iowa.
Hand-painted vaulted “sunrise” ceiling and hand-carved grand staircase for spectacular debuts of blushing brides for all guests to see. 2nd Floor features a huge landing and four bedrooms complete with four complete baths. The master bedroom makes a perfect place for the bride and her maids to prepare because there is an additional connected parlor. This leaves four spare rooms for the groom and family members.
Once featured in the “Save this Old House” section of This Old House Magazine, this house has had a wonderful history. We’ve replaced or restored all hardwood floors, moldings, leaded windows, light fixtures, tiled entryway and marble fireplaces using local artisans and craftsmen. Period antiques have been gathered and refurbished to exactly complement the mansion. The spectacular entryway frescoes were discovered under layers of paint and have been meticulously restored. Seven different complementary colors highlight the intricate details of the exterior of the house surrounded by attractive landscaping.
Restoring this house has been our dream and has taken us years to complete but we are finally ready to welcome you to our home.
Henning J. Witt House
We can sleep 14 on Gaines Avenue pictured on VRBO
6 bedrooms in total consisting of:
a library on the Ground floor with a queen sofa bed.
4 bedrooms on the 2nd floor including the Master, Middle, Maids' and 4th bedroom.
1 aero bed on the 3rd floor.
1 aero bed in the sitting room off the Master bedroom
There are 2 bathrooms on the Ground floor,
3 full baths and 2 half baths on the 2nd floor
but no bathroom on the 3rd floor.
IF YOU NEED ANOTHER HOUSE, WE'VE RESTORED ANOTHER JUST AROUND THE CORNER, SO IF ONE IS BOOKED, WE HAVE AVAILABILITY AT THE OTHER!
Adolph Priester House
The Priester house at 811 7th Street is now ready-fully restored and available for rental. This is the house we stay in when we are in Davenport, Iowa, and we consider it our home. It is equally as nice as the Witt house (The House listed on VRBO), and is actually larger - one more bedroom, plus the 3rd floor suite which can accommodate four people. I love it because the master bedroom is on the first floor and there is a separate tub and shower in the en suite bath as well as another full bath on the first floor. The dining room is much larger, and the kitchen is larger also, although only one stove, not two. The downstairs living room is a little smaller, but there is a big family room-parlor on the second floor. Of course, several TV’s and wi-fi is available. Not so much off street parking, but ample for 3 cars because you can use the driveway of the house next door (817 7th Street) which we own as well, but have not yet finished restoring. It is a wonderful Queen Anne and actually Sandy’s favorite.
Keywords: Riverview Mansion, Victorian, Event Center, Castle,
Vintage, Palmer, St. Ambrose, Augustana, Memorial Services, Weddings, Anniversary Party, Meetings, Reunions, Conferences, House Party, Extended Stays, Private Contractors
- Events Allowed
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- non smoking only
- wheelchair inaccessible
About Lois and Maurice Woods
We are a family of restorers. We love old houses and when we drove through Davenport on the way to the World's Fair in 1964, we vowed that one day we would come back and buy a mansion. Little did we know that it would be a 'Save This Old House' 40 years later! It has been a labor of love and at times we wondered if we would ever finish! Every molding has been stripped or recreated, pocket doors discovered, chandeliers tracked down in other cities, hardware sleuthed on eBay. We've taught ourselves to restore tile, recreate original stencils and we painted the vaulted 'sunset sky' ceiling lying on our backs on a 30-foot scaffold. It has all been worth it!
Lois and Maurice Woods purchased this estate in 2006
Why Lois and Maurice Woods chose Iowa City
It had always been our dream to restore a mansion on the Mississippi. The friendly open welcome of our Iowa neighbors has been warm and inviting. We feel we have come home to the Heartland. Saving this gem from destruction has been incredibly satisfying. We've met wonderful neighbors and feel as though we have given something back to our community by reviving this piece of local charm.
What makes this estate unique
Travel back 120 years to a time when you would have arrived down at the dock by steamboat or down at the station by steam locomotive. Enjoy a trip back in time while enjoying all the amenities of the present.
This is a wonderful party or family reunion house. This house is just a short walk to the river with its restaurants and casinos or to the Palmer Chiropractic College.
Guestbook comments from the owner
We've always wanted to live in a perfectly restored house.
This was like that with none of the trouble and hard work. We just opened the door and walked in and had the whole place to ourselves.
You and Maurice have done a great job. Thanks so much.