Dr. Heinrich Matthey House

Dr. Heinrich Matthey House
Dr. Heinrich Matthey House
Davenport Register of Historic Properties
Dr. Heinrich Matthey House is located in Iowa
Location: 505 W. 6th St., Davenport, Iowa
Coordinates: 41°31′33″N 90°34′48.6″W / 41.52583°N 90.580167°W / 41.52583; -90.580167Coordinates: 41°31′33″N 90°34′48.6″W / 41.52583°N 90.580167°W / 41.52583; -90.580167
Architectural style: Georgian Revival
Governing body: Private
Part of: Hamburg Historic District (Davenport, Iowa) (#83003656[1])
MPS: Davenport MRA
Significant dates
Added to NRHP: November 18, 1983
Designated DRHP: January 6, 1993[2]

The Dr. Heinrich Matthey House is an historic home located in the Hamburg Historic District in Davenport, Iowa, United States. The district was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.[1] The house was individually listed on the Davenport Register of Historic Properties in 1993.[2] The Georgian Revival home features a rectangular form, a high hipped roof, a Palladian window in the dormer, a symmetrical front with the entrance on the right and a columned porch.[3] On the east side of house is a projecting window bay and a tower on the southeast corner of the house that are reminiscent of the Queen Anne style.[3]

Dr. Heinrich Matthey

The home is associated with Davenport physician Heinrich Matthey. He and his twin brother Carl were born on October 20, 1852 to Heinrich and Emilie (Kuntz) Matthey in Prussia.[4] When he was 21, Heinrich immigrated to Milwaukee, Wisconsin with his parents in 1873. They moved to Davenport three years later. He joined his father in publishing the Sternan Banner. In 1880 he moved to Sterling, Illinois where he published the Sterling Beobachter. After two years he sold the paper and returned to Germany where he studied medicine in Leipzig and Würzburg, graduating in 1887. His brother Carl, who had stayed in Germany to study medicine, moved to Davenport and set up his medical practice. Heinrich returned to Davenport upon the completion of his studies and set up his practice. The two brothers merged their practices in 1889. The following year Heinrich married Hilda Mueller, daughter of lumber baron Chris Mueller, and they raised two children. Heinrich spent two terms on the school board.


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. http://nrhp.focus.nps.gov/natreg/docs/All_Data.html. 
  2. ^ a b Historic Preservation Commission. "Davenport Register of Historic Properties". City of Davenport. http://www.cityofdavenportiowa.com/egov/docs/1157124087_589019.pdf. Retrieved 2011-03-14. 
  3. ^ a b Svendsen, Marls A., Bowers, Martha H (1982). Davenport where the Mississippi runs west: A Survey of Davenport History & Architecture. Davenport, Iowa: City of Davenport. pp. 2–12. 
  4. ^ Downer, Harry E.. "Biographies". Scott County Iowa USGenWeb Project. http://www.celticcousins.net/scott/1910vol2bios12.htm. Retrieved 2011-03-16. 

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