The Friends of Hauberg Civic Center Foundation (FOH) is a nonprofit organization in Rock Island dedicated to the support and restoration of the 1911 Spencer and Powers Prairie Style Mansion and adjacent Jens Jensen-designed gardens. In 1956, the Hauberg children gave the estate to the city to create a community center. In January 2016, citing financial burdens, Rock Island City Council was expected to offer it to a prearranged bidder. A group of citizens immediately formed Friends of Hauberg Civic Center to support and preserve the estate and keep it accessible to the public. In 2017, a formal operational agreement between the city and FOH was approved to operate the estate with support from the Rock Island Parks and City.
Although the estate had a high degree of integrity, repairs had been deferred and much work was needed. To date, FOH has restored much of the interior of the mansion, including its George Mann Niedecken. Now renewed, the site hosts tours and gardening clubs and serves as an exquisite rental venue. With 300 members and 400 volunteers, the FOH continue to partner with private and public organizations to increase accessibility to the site so integral to the history of Rock Island.The Landmarks Illinois awards jury noted the group’s “impressive effort to raise awareness and funds.”