Posted Online: Nov. 12, 2012, 1:05 pm
Gold Coast 'Holiday High Tea'
Comment on this story
Press release submitted by GC-HHDA
The Gold Coast - Hamburg Historic District Association
Box 4904, Davenport IA 52808
APA's 2011 "Great Neighborhood in America" Award
The Gold Coast - Hamburg Historic District Association (GC-HHDA) is sponsoring a High Tea on Saturday, December 8, 2012. Participants at the "Holiday High Tea" have a choice of dining at one of three elegant, restored homes in Davenport's Gold Coast. Proceeds from this fundraising event for this non-profit Association will be used to further educate students of all ages about the history of the Gold Coast - Hamburg Historic District through signage, brochures, and other methods of introductions to this historic neighborhood.
The GC-HHDA was established in 1989 as a neighborhood organization with the mission of preserving our built heritage and unifying people in the Gold Coast area within the boundaries of 5th to 9-½ St., Ripley to Vine in Davenport, IA. Included in the Association's many accomplishments are such beautification projects as historic decorative lighting, railings, plantings on Western, Scott and Ripley St.; printing a Walking Tour Brochure of over 100 homes in the Hamburg District; sponsorship of events such as Home Tours, Open House, Garden Tours and High Tea. The most significant highlight for the District was being named one of 10 "Great Neighborhoods in America" in 2011 by the American Planning Association
The Gold Coast is Davenport's First Neighborhood, settled by German immigrants in the 1850's. After suffering disrepair in the 1940's-70's when many of the large houses were divided into small apartments, the area homes are now in the process of being renovated to their former single-family gracious glory.
General admission to the High Tea is $35. Plus 60 Club and Red Hat Society members pay $32. $20 of the ticket price is tax-deductible. Reservations are required with a deadline date of Wednesday, November 28, 2012.
Addresses and times are as follows:
• 11:30 am High Tea with concert at 12:15 at 703 Ripley St., the Henry Christian Struck Home. Mr. Struck was a cashier at Davenport Savings Bank. The house is Queen Anne style, Free Classic mode designed by Benjamin Aufderheide with dual towers and gables. It was moved to this location in 1909 from 625 Ripley St.
• 12:15 pm High Tea with concert at 1 pm at 911 W. 7th St., the Hans Stoltenberg Home. Mr. Stoltenberg was a retired farmer and director of Farmers & Mechanics Savings Bank. This is a large but simplified example of Italianate style with windows adorned by dressed stone hood moulds in a pattern common in early Davenport.
• 1 pm High Tea with concert at 1:45 pm at 624 Western St., The Captain James May Home. Captain May was a riverboat captain. This is an 1864 Vernacular home with strong Greek Revival characteristics and a beautifully decorated, intimate interior.
Participants will enjoy tea at one of the above locations.
• High Tea, English-style which includes a full meal and recipes to match. Learn tea traditions.
• A self-guiding Walking Tour Brochure of the historic Hamburg area.
• A concert by members of the Barley House Band.
Visit the web site at www.davenportgoldcoast.org
For further details, please contact:
PJ Slobojan, 563-326-2894