I’ve been traveling to Davenport Iowa all of my married life, and for many of those years, I had the pleasure of staying with my husband’s family. But when a new hotel opened downtown this summer, we had to check it out.
It’s called The Current Iowa, a 78-room boutique hotel in the former Putnam Building. When the Putnam opened in 1910, it was considered a skyscraper at eight stories tall. It served a good long first life as offices for many of the Quad Cities premiere businesses.
Original marble staircases and rich walnut banisters, which have been incorporated into the hotel design, speak to the quality of the old building.
An Art-filled Hotel in Downtown Davenport
It took a company out of St. Louis nearly two years to turn the Putnam into The Current Iowa, so named, in part, because of the hotel’s proximity to the powerful current of the Mississippi River.
I’m not an interior designer – that talent goes to our niece Jennifer – but what fun the team of architects and designers must have had shopping for and incorporating more than 400 pieces of local art into the hotel.
Take a look at just a few of these fun pieces all created by artists in the Quad Cities, some just a few blocks from the hotel.
Pig and Corn Art
It’s Iowa, so you gotta incorporate pigs and corn, right? The fun silver-plated pig serves as a drink table in the lobby, yet the corn light fixtures makes a serious statement about the use of genetically modified grain in this area. Look closely at each ear and you’ll find a few obviously odd flaws in the grain.
After hearing about the American flag made from discarded skateboards proudly waving in the men’s restroom, well, I just had to open the door and take a peak.
You’ll find a fair amount of glass art at The Current Iowa, including in the contemporary flower arrangements on the roof-top patio. A unique piece of glass is also placed in each guest room in a nook created specifically for the piece. The work comes from Hot Glass, a local non-profit in the Quad Cities that helps at-risk youth and veterans returning from war the opportunity to engage in a creative experience. Each piece of glass created by Hot Glass participants is for sale.
We absolutely loved the place – all due respect to my mother-in-law’s place.
The Current Iowa is located just across the street from the Figge Art Museum in downtown Davenport, which happens to include paintings by one of my ancestors, John Reid Lambdin, who painted the official portrait of Abraham Lincoln and other U.S. presidents.
So there you have multiple colorful reasons to visit the Quad Cities