Davenport City Hall is the official seat of government for the city of Davenport, Iowa, United States. The building was constructed in 1895 and is situated on the northeast corner of the intersection of Harrison Street and it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982 and on the Davenport Register of Historic Properties in 1993. Davenport started to outgrow its previous city hall, which had built on Brady Street from 1857-1858. The role of city government expanded during the administration of Henry Vollmer. Among his major achievements were several public works projects, streets were paved in the older sections of the city and developers laid out new subdivisions around the perimeter. In 1895, in the midst of a national economic depression. The cost was about $90,000 — an astronomical sum at that time —, the bulk of the funds came from a new state law which applied to the citys 150 illegal saloons and amounted to around $50,000 per year. This tax allowed for not only of City Hall, but also paved streets and a new sewer system, and from 1902–08. Besides Vollmer there were two other noteworthy Davenport mayors associated with city hall. Alfred C. Mueller served the city during two separate periods and he was responsible for initiating the citys building code, sewer planning and construction, street paving, and planning and implementing improvements to the riverfront. Barewald was the citys first Socialist mayor and they were also opposed to the Republican Partys support for national prohibition of alcohol so they threw their support behind the Socialist Party of America. Two years prior to Barewalds election as mayor two Socialists were elected as aldermen and they were reelected in 1920, during his term as mayor Barewald began several public works projects that put people to work and enhanced city improvements. The municipal natatorium was built, new streets were opened and a sewer was completed. Barewald and the other two Socialists were overwhelmingly voted out of office in 1922 because of the debts these projects, the prohibition of alcohol was a major issue in the city of Davenport from the 1840s until national prohibition became official in 1919. The activities of the temperance movement thrived in the 1880s and were renewed during the Progressive Era. Local ordinances were passed that exempted the city of Davenport from state laws and mayors, especially Ernst Claussen. Debates were held in the city council and among other groups until Iowas prohibition amendment was passed in 1916. It was reinforced by the passage of the Eighteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution in 1919, however, the illegal production and consumption of alcohol continued in the city
Davenport built a new City Hall in 1895 for $90,000, without issuing any bonds.
City Hall from the corner of Harrison and Fourth Streets