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Friends of Hauberg Civic Center is a non-profit group that was created in 2016 to restore the historic Hauberg home and promote its use for both civic and private activities. The civic activities ensure that the wishes and intents of the Hauberg-Denkmann heirs are followed, while private rentals of the facility provide an income stream to support the continued maintenance of this urban treasure.
In 1911, the Robert C. Spencer-designed Rock Island home for Susanne Denkmann was completed. She and her new husband, John H. Hauberg, moved into it when they returned from their honeymoon that summer. The Prairie style home and garage/stable crown a 10-acre hilltop, surrounded by grounds designed by Jens Jensen, a noted Prairie style landscaper. Both Spencer and Jensen were well known as masters of the then "new" and uniquely Illinois Prairie style. This estate is a culmination of outstanding design.
After their parents' death, the children of John and Susanne donated the home and grounds to the City of Rock Island for use as a Civic Center in 1956. It has served this function continuously since that time. More recently, the Friends of Hauberg Civic Center, a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, has assumed some of the responsibilities of the home and landscape, including restoration, marketing, and scheduling docent-led tours.
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