Group Unveils Plans for Historic Davenport Mansion


By Rachel Begle

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - A 35-room mansion in Davenport will be remodeled into eight apartments for seniors.

The Quad-City Times reports the Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society will lead the project in the former Clarissa C. Cook Retirement Home, which provided communal-type living.

That facility closed about 13 months ago and the historic building was donated to the Good Samaritan Society.

Cyndi Koenes, of the Good Samaritan Society, says construction will begin soon with a goal of opening the remodeled building next summer.

The building dates to 1882, when the Clarissa C. Cook Home for the Friendless opened. It was funded with $50,000 from the trust of Clarissa Cook, left after her death in 1879.

Clarissa Cook was married to Ebenezer Cook, an attorney and Davenport's mayor from 1858 to 1859.

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