The first group of volunteer firefighters in Davenport were organized in 1856 and called the Independent Fire Engine and Hose Company. The city’s first fire house, Hose Station No. 1, was built on Perry Street in 1877 for the Fire King Engine 2nd Hose Company. Around the turn of the 20th century the city built other small hose stations throughout the city such as Hose Station No. 7. The stations all featured the Italianate style. Hose Station No. 7 features a rectangular plan, a hipped roof covered in tile, bracketed eaves, a short tower in which the hoses dried, and a brick exterior. A single pair of fire-house doors, behind which the firefighting equipment was stored, fronted Fourth Street. The pedestrian entrance is off Fillmore Street. All of the windows are rather large and rectangular in shape.