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Downtown Commercial Historic District
Placement on the National Register of Historic Places
August 30, 2007, the Moline Downtown Commercial Historic District was officially placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The district includes 114 buildings on 33 acres that are centered on 5th Avenue between 12th Street and 18th Street. One hundred of the buildings contribute to the significance of the district because they retain their historic and architectural integrity and reflect the character of the historic downtown.

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Redevelopment Incentive
The establishment of this historic district brings distinction to downtown Moline for its historic and architectural character. It also provides a redevelopment incentive. Property owners within the district can qualify for a 20% tax credit for substantial rehabilitation projects. The tax credit may be subtracted directly from federal income taxes submitted by the owner.

A high level of architectural integrity characterizes most of the buildings in the historic district, although numerous modifications appear on street-level storefronts. The sense of scale, design, and materials remains strong. Architectural building styles include:
  • Art Deco
  • Beaux Arts
  • Chateauesque
  • Classical Revival
  • Colonial Revival
  • Commercial
  • Gothic Revival
  • Italian Renaissance
  • Moderne
  • Prairie School
  • Tudor Revival

Prominent local architects designed some of the key buildings within this historic district. They include:
  • Olaf Z. Cervin - Chase Bank and Reliance Block
  • William Schultzke - Bell Telephone, Montgomery Ward, First Midwest Bank, 5th Avenue Building, Sohrbecks, Carlson Brothers, Elks Club, and City Hall
  • H. W. Wittsett - Moline Commercial Club