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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.

Friends of Hauberg Civic Center shared the 2017 Rock Island Citizen of the Year Award: Organization category with Spring Forward Learning Center. On August 28, 2017 the FOHCC Board was presented with a plaque and recognized at the Rock Island City Council Meeting.

To learn more about volunteer opportunities at the Hauberg Estate, please see our volunteer manual. If you would like to volunteer with Friends of Hauberg Civic Center, please contact us at

If you are interested in our Docent Program where you can help give historical tours, please read about the details here.

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As well as serving as a meeting place for many small organizations, Hauberg Civic Center can be rented for larger events, such as weddings. The grounds, which include a winding brick road and bridge, are also available for use.

For Rental information please visit: Rock Island Facilities Page.


Friends of Hauberg Civic Center
PO Box 3174
Rock Island, IL 61201
(309) 373-5080

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