Take a Step Back in Time


The Broadway Historic District is a 19th century neighborhood in the heart of Rock Island, Illinois. This revitalized residential area is known for its vintage homes, exciting preservation efforts, and front porch socializing.

The neighborhood is located near Rock Island's thriving arts-and-entertainment district and Mississippi River. Residents and visitors enjoy close proximity to parks, bike paths, schools, and shopping.

The Broadway area has earned a reputation for its architecture and neighborhood events. It was awarded the status of National Historic District in 1998 and has been recognized in Midwest Living and This Old House magazines. Hundreds of people attend the neighborhood's annual Tour of Homes, where beautifully restored Victorian era homes are open to visitors.

Come learn more about the history of Rock Island and the Broadway District, and what makes this such a great place to live.

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  • A Protecting Your Investment: A Guide to Home Maintenance & Preservation booklet has been completed by Broadway resident and volunteer Daryl Empen. Click here to download it as a PDF. The booklet covers the basics for both interior and exterior home maintenance, finding a contractor, Broadway Historic District's Great Unveilings, and historic designations.
  • Great Unveiling Contract

  • Board members decided to move forward with replacing the current Great Unveiling Contract with a revised version in the Policies section of the Broadway Constitution at the August board meeting. To review the revised version, click here. The board will vote on this change at the September board meeting.
  • Dealing with Neighborhood Nuisances

  • A field manual named A Resident's Guide to Neighborhood Nuisance was recently created for dealing with nuisance properties and concerns of safety and security in Broadway. Please click here to view it.
  • Next Broadway Board Meeting

  • The Broadway Board meets the third Thursday of every month (except December) at Broadway Presbyterian Church, 710 23rd Street, Rock Island at 6:30 p.m. All residents and visitors are welcome to attend.
  • FREE Sidewalk Repair

  • The City of Rock Island's new sidewalk program launched in 2015. If your sidewalks are in poor shape, contact Public Works at (309) 732-2200. Free sidewalk replacement will be done on a first come, first served basis until city funds run out.