RIA Self-Guided Tour: Quarters One

By U.S. ArmyJuly 18, 2019

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Quarters One is the former residence of 38 senior officers assigned to Rock Island Arsenal. It last served as a residence in 2008.

At more than 20,000 square feet, Quarters One was the largest house owned by the Army, and second largest in federal inventory, behind only the White House. Construction took place in 1870 and 1871, following the personal design of General Thomas Rodman, the "Father of Rock Island Arsenal." It was constructed using laborers under supervision of the Army.


Completed in 1872 under Major Daniel Flagler, General Rodman's successor as Arsenal commander, Quarters One is a three-story, 20,000 square-foot, Italianate Villa style house. Quarters One was designed as an aesthetically pleasing house befitting a commanding general, while also providing a functional space for community gatherings. It was also designed as a place for visiting distinguished guests, and traveling soldiers and families, to stay.

Like the other original buildings at Rock Island Arsenal, Quarters One is constructed of Joliet limestone. This limestone was also used to build the ten stone shops that make up the heart of RIA.

The first public gathering held at Quarters One was the funeral of General Rodman, who died in 1871. Over 100 wagons full of visitors came to pay their respects.

Over the years, Quarters One has had the honor of housing many distinguished visitors, including Charles Lindbergh, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and General John "Blackjack" Pershing.

Though no longer a residence, Quarters One today hosts many community functions, including weddings, receptions, meetings, parties, and other catered events.

Quarters One Facts

Designer: Brigadier General Thomas Rodman

Style: Italianate Villa

Completed: House, 1871; Grounds, 1872

Area: 20,000 Square Feet; 3 floors plus tower

Livable Rooms: 22

Total Rooms: 51

First Resident: Brigadier General Thomas Rodman

Number of Tenants: 38

Last Resident: Major General Robert M. Radin

Last Lived In: 2008

Quarters One Availability

Quarters One is available for public rentals for parties, meetings, and other community gatherings and events. Tours of Quarters One are also available, and are provided by the various resident commands of Rock Island Arsenal. RIA's Morale, Wellness, and Recreation (MWR) Office is able to help you with your event needs. You can contact MWR at (309) 782-0573.

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