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Beiderbecke & Miller Grocers building-by F. Claussen

Identifier: 2007-14

Scope and Contents

This collection contains 1 cd-rom of Fr. Claussen architectural drawings of the Beiderbecke and Miller Wholesale Grocery building [1874] and 2 drawings from 1870.


  • Creation: 1870-1874

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This collection is open for research.

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Biographical / Historical

The Architect: Frederick George (Fritz) Clausen (1848-1940) was born in Germany and came to Davenport, Iowa in 1870 after receiving his education and training in architecture. Clausen’s first job was as a draftsman for T. W. McClelland, a contractor-builder. He then established his own practice after only one year with his firm growing until his retirement in 1914.

The Building: 107 and 109 West Second Street in Davenport, Iowa Lot purchased in 1873 for $12,000 Building completed September 1875

Demolition: J. Frahm Foundation: John Hiller Brick and stonework: Clark and Potter Woodwork: J. Frahm Inner columns, etc.: Eagle Manufacturing Company Tin roof: Lerch Brothers Architect: F. G. Clausen Architectural style: Renaissance

Later location of Davenport Savings Bank

The Proprietors – Beiderbecke and Miller. Wholesale Grocers. Frank H. Miller (1836 - ) came to Davenport from Indianapolis in the spring of 1856 and went into partnership with his brother in a grocery business at the corner of Gaines and Second Streets. Charles Beiderbecke, a friend of Miller’s from Indianapolis, visited Davenport in the fall of 1856, bought out Miller’s brother and the Beiderbecke and Miller partnership began.

During the early lean years, the partners also ran a vinegar factory which enabled them to financially make ends meet, until a fire in 1862 destroyed their store and factory.


34 images (34 images in 1 file.)

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Physical Location

Range 42 Section 01

Immediate Source of Acquisition


Physical Description

cd-rom successfully opened for viewing September 25, 2007. Images taken Aug2006 at 300 dpi; bit depth 24; saved as jpeg images.

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Repository Details

Part of the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center Repository

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Davenport IA 52801-1490 United States

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The Special Collections Department of the Davenport Public Library was established in 1982. In November of 1999, the newly renovated department opened to better serve its community and was renamed the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center. The Center acquires, arranges, describes, preserves, and makes available local history and genealogical materials concentrating on those pertaining to Davenport, Scott County, and Eastern Iowa.

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