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Red Cliff
1217 11th Ave., Moline (Rock Island County)




This 1874 frame Italianate was designed and built by J.B. Salisbury, a prominent local architect, on a bluff overlooking downtown Moline. The original owner was forced to move a year later due to financial problems. At that time, retired farm equipment manufacturer John Deere purchased the home to be closer to his son and to have a commanding view of his riverfront factory. Deere expanded and remodeled the house in the Second Empire style, and it remained in the family for 60 years. From the late 1930s through the 1960s, the building was divided into 16 apartments. Beginning in 1996, new owners attempted a full restoration but abandoned the project and the property is now in foreclosure.


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