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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News & Upcoming Events

    Spring Cleanup on May 20

  • The Broadway Beautification Committee invites you to join other residents to pick up litter in the streets and parkways. This Saturday morning (May 20), we'll meet in the alley behind 908 20th Street (Eric and Laurie Belman's garage) to group up and gear up, beginning at 8:30. We'll start with coffee, snacks and socializing with neighbors for a little while. Keep Rock Island Beautiful is providing all supplies – bags, gloves, and litter grabbers.

    New Street Signs Installed

  • Broadway Historic District now has new street signs featuring both the current and historic street names. Costing nearly $4,000, the Broadway Historic District Association paid for the new street signs to be created and the City of Rock Island's Public Works department volunteered their workforce to install the new signs. Donors are able to sponsor signs for $75. Those interested should email marsha.ann.harmon@gmail.com. To read a news story about the signs, click here
  • Free Download

  • 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.