Modernistic Architecture in Rock Island, Part 3

Design goes into all buildings, not just the museums and homes. Yesterday, my ongoing survey of Rock Island’s modernistic architecture took me to the sewage treatment plant in the west part of the city. This complex consists of three main buildings—the main two-story Service Building, the connected Pumping Station, and the awesome Sludge Digester Building.

The Art Deco design was by architect Benjamin A. Horn. The complex was built in 1940. Features characteristic of the Art Deco themes are the vertical emphasis provided by the brick pilasters with beveled stone caps, fluting designs in the stone insets, and possibly the sans serif font rendered in aluminum above the main entrance.

Sewage Treatment Plant 2



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