Madison County Historic Preservation Commission

Madison County Historic Preservation Commission The Madison County Historic Preservation Commission is dedicated to preserving the distinctive and irreplaceable historic resources of Madison County, IA.
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The Madison County Historic Preservation Commission is dedicated to preserving and celebrating the distinctive and irreplaceable historic resources of Madison County, Iowa. Historic preservation is an essential component throughout our county. Our historic buildings create a unique sense of place, rooted by the Winterset’s Historic Courthouse District. This historic environment is not only a tangible link to the past but an irreplaceable asset, inspiring cultural heritage tourists.

Mission: To foster the care of historically significant sites by providing education, training and technical services to the citizens of Madison County, Iowa.

Operating as usual

===  Farris Cemetery Update ===Work continues at the Farris Cemetery in Union Township, northeast of Winterset, thanks t...
09/04/2020

=== Farris Cemetery Update ===
Work continues at the Farris Cemetery in Union Township, northeast of Winterset, thanks to Molly Clause, one of Madison County’s Historic Preservation Commissioners. Gravestones, once tossed into a pile, are now back in place. Underground Railroad station master and conductor, James Farris, recently received a replica of his broken 150-year-old gravestone, created by Ben Mayer of benmayercustomcarving.com. Two of Farris' descendants - Rick Breeding of Winterset and Kory Darnall of Davenport - attended an unveiling ceremony at the graveside in mid-August. For more details, see the August 19 Winterset Madisonian.

Photo courtesy of Teddi Yaeger Photography.

Once you have a heart for historic preservation, you begin to notice it or the need for it in more places.  But who noti...
08/20/2020
15 Awesome Movies About Preservation | National Trust for Historic Preservation

Once you have a heart for historic preservation, you begin to notice it or the need for it in more places. But who noticed that these popular movies have a preservation thread running through them?!? How many have you seen or want to see now that you know?

Next time you're in the mood for a movie, think about watching one with a preservation theme. We've got some suggestions!

Winterset Facade Rehabilitation Project ReviewThat’s All Folks!The Madison County Historical Preservation Commission hop...
08/09/2020

Winterset Facade Rehabilitation Project Review
That’s All Folks!

The Madison County Historical Preservation Commission hopes you have enjoyed this daily pictorial review of the Facade Project along with some facts about each of the 14 locations involved. The public's patience - walking or parking around cherry-pickers and sidewalk debris in order to revive these buildings - is much appreciated. Many thanks to these groups for their investment of time and money: the property owners, City of Winterset, RDG Planning & Design, Iowa Economic Development Authority, Southern Iowa Council of Governments, and Cornerstone Commercial Contractors.

For more information on historic preservation throughout Madison County or an overview of past, present, and future projects, please visit madisoncountyhistory.com.

Winterset Facade Rehabilitation Project: Madison County Tire  (one block east of southeast corner of Courthouse Square)T...
08/08/2020

Winterset Facade Rehabilitation Project:
Madison County Tire (one block east of southeast corner of Courthouse Square)

These two buildings were early City of Winterset municipal buildings. In 1888, the east building, with the misspelled Firemens’ Hall in the cornice, was built to house fire engines on the first floor, which it did until 1977. Up a long flight of outside stairs on the east side, a citizen could climb to Winterset’s City Hall for the next 52 years, until 1940. The city built the west building in 1889 to house their first power plant to generate commercial electricity until a larger power plant was built 50 years later two blocks north of the Courthouse. It later held a series of garages: Palace, Reed, and Bussanmas.

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Winterset Facade Rehabilitation Project:Pheasant Run/Corner Tap  (southeast corner of Courthouse Square)This two-unit bu...
08/07/2020

Winterset Facade Rehabilitation Project:
Pheasant Run/Corner Tap (southeast corner of Courthouse Square)

This two-unit building was built in 1876 by C.C. Schwaner and Dr. A.B. Smith, with unique brick and window detailing. In the west bay, Schwaner started a successful harness trade that was in business for 86 years. He was also an inventor who held 19 patents for his inventions to improve harnesses. The east bay held a variety of retail stores: millenary, drug store, bakery, and dry cleaning. The iron lattice work, pillars, and deck near the sidewalk are original. An adjacent portion of the Corner Tap was included in this project. The corner building was built in 1880, as can be seen in the arch high above its angled entrance. It once held the Winterset News newspaper in the second story and the Madison County Bank on the first floor.

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Winterset Facade Rehabilitation Project:MHCS McGowen, Hurst, Clark, Smith CPAs  (east side of Courthouse Square)Construc...
08/06/2020

Winterset Facade Rehabilitation Project:
MHCS McGowen, Hurst, Clark, Smith CPAs (east side of Courthouse Square)

Constructed in 1873, the two-story portion has held a variety of businesses including dry goods, grocery, restaurant, and seed store. Dr. Jesse Smith, who delivered Marion Morrison (aka John Wayne) in 1907, had her office on the second floor. In 1898, two one-story additions were built at the rear of the building - a flour warehouse was adjacent to the two-story building and an express (freight) office was housed to the east. Of the buildings participating in the Façade Project, this one had its entire storefront, except for the original iron pillars, removed and replaced.

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Winterset Facade Rehabilitation Project:Madison County Chamber of Commerce   (north side of Courthouse Square)Andrew Cra...
08/05/2020

Winterset Facade Rehabilitation Project:
Madison County Chamber of Commerce (north side of Courthouse Square)

Andrew Crawford (1818-1879) was born in Ireland and made his way to Winterset in 1856. He commissioned a large, single building in 1873 that included not only the current Chamber office but also the two storefronts to the west. When you look at the second-floor windows across all three buildings, you can see that the windows form a set with the taller ones in the middle. The one-story building attached to the north of the Chamber building was Crawford's warehouse. He created one of the pioneer grocery stores in Winterset and a grocery occupied this space until at least 1926. Since that time, a variety of merchants have enjoyed this corner spot.

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Winterset Facade Rehabilitation Project:Madison County Realty  (north side of Courthouse Square)This building was design...
08/04/2020

Winterset Facade Rehabilitation Project:
Madison County Realty (north side of Courthouse Square)

This building was designed for a farm implement dealer and that type of business remained there many years, followed by the Ruth Drug Store. In 1935, the Iowa Liquor Commission opened a State Liquor Store which remained until all such stores were closed on July 1, 1987. Sometime in the mid-20th Century, a new storefront was installed with glazed white brick below the window.

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Winterset Facade Rehabilitation Project:Northside Cafe  (north side of Courthouse Square)Built in 1875 by Eli Cox, this ...
08/03/2020

Winterset Facade Rehabilitation Project:
Northside Cafe (north side of Courthouse Square)

Built in 1875 by Eli Cox, this three-bay building currently houses the Northside Café in the middle and east storefronts. Originally the second floor held small offices facing the square and the back portion was an opera house across all three buildings. It could seat over 400 and even included a balcony. Restaurants have occupied the two east bays since at least 1899. This is one of several buildings on the square that still retains its original iron pillars on the storefront.

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Winterset Facade Rehabilitation Project:Former Madison County Jail  (one block off northwest corner of Courthouse Square...
08/02/2020

Winterset Facade Rehabilitation Project:
Former Madison County Jail (one block off northwest corner of Courthouse Square)

This brick building was built from 1901-1903 as a county jail at a cost of $11,000. It replaced the one under the west steps of the Madison County Courthouse that had been described as a “dungeon.” The south portion of the square structure, with iron-latticed windows, housed the jail cells and the north portion was the home of the jailer and his family. After a new jail was built in 1994, various retail businesses have made use of its unique features.

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Winterset Facade Rehabilitation Project:Norma Jeanne's Threads  (west side of Courthouse Square)This lot on the northwes...
08/01/2020

Winterset Facade Rehabilitation Project:
Norma Jeanne's Threads (west side of Courthouse Square)

This lot on the northwest corner of the square once held a frame post office. In 1875 a new two-story building was constructed facing the street with a stairway on the north side that gave access to second floor offices, including a photographer’s studio. A new one-story brick post office was attached to the west. The long tradition of a clothing store on the first floor began as early as 1886. The white brick front was modernized in the mid-20th century when it was the King’s clothing store.

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Winterset Facade Rehabilitation Project:UpTown Styles   (west side of Courthouse Square)This is one of Winterset’s oldes...
07/31/2020

Winterset Facade Rehabilitation Project:
UpTown Styles (west side of Courthouse Square)

This is one of Winterset’s oldest brick buildings. Its construction was funded by Madison County’s Civil War colonel, H.J.B. Cummings, to house businesses he was involved in: the Citizen’s National Bank on the first floor and the Winterset Winterset Madisonian on the second. Eli Cox, covered bridge builder, was the contractor. The recessed entrance you see today is just as it was built in 1872. Since that time, this building has housed a jewelry store, restaurant, tailor, organ/music store, millinery goods, law office, and the Security Abstract & Title Company.

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Winterset Facade Rehabilitation Project:Heartland Fiber Co.   (west side of Courthouse Square)This brick building was bu...
07/30/2020

Winterset Facade Rehabilitation Project:
Heartland Fiber Co. (west side of Courthouse Square)

This brick building was built in 1874 with decorative corners. or quoins (pronounced “coins”), made from local stone. The new stairway in the alley to the north is reminiscent of a stair way that ran the full length of the building with steps at each end. The building was built by White & Munger to sell the goods from their wool business, complete with a tailor on the second floor. It was a hardware store for decades, and many will remember the more recent Trask, then Busenbarrick, jewelry stores.

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Winterset Facade Rehabilitation Project:Piece Works Quilt Shop (south side of Courthouse Square)This building was also o...
07/29/2020

Winterset Facade Rehabilitation Project:
Piece Works Quilt Shop (south side of Courthouse Square)

This building was also originally built as a one-story building in 1880 with a second story added in 1895. It was first occupied by a grocery store that then expanded to a “department store” containing a variety of items and services: furniture/undertaking (a frequent combination), dry goods, and hardware. Breeding’s Hardware opened there in 1920 and remained in the building until 1998. In 2003, the building began its quilting era with Fons & Porter moving here.

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Winterset Facade Rehabilitation ProjectBridges Financial (south side of Courthouse Square)In the fall of 1880, Theodore ...
07/28/2020

Winterset Facade Rehabilitation Project
Bridges Financial (south side of Courthouse Square)

In the fall of 1880, Theodore Cox decided to tear down his old wooden drug store and replace it with a new one-story brick building to house W.S. Doud’s furniture store. From the 1940s through the 1990s, this building was home to Jackson Electric then later Breeding’s Hardware. The historic storefront was replaced in the early 1940s with its current “mid-century modern” style.

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Winterset Facade Rehabilitation ProjectMadison County Mercantile  (south side of Courthouse Square)Originally, this was ...
07/27/2020

Winterset Facade Rehabilitation Project
Madison County Mercantile (south side of Courthouse Square)

Originally, this was a one-story building, built in 1889, funded by C.D. “Doc” Bevington, to house the Koser Bros. dry goods store. One of the first stores in Winterset to receive electricity in 1890, Koser’s held a nighttime event to show off what they termed as their “Crystal Frost.” A second story was added in 1901 to house the expanding Koser Bros. enterprise. For many years in the late 20th century, the women’s apparel store, Graves, occupied this building.

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Winterset Facade Rehabilitation Project:The Bakery Unlimited     (east side of Courthouse Square)This building shouts fr...
07/26/2020

Winterset Facade Rehabilitation Project:
The Bakery Unlimited (east side of Courthouse Square)

This building shouts from its rooftop that it was built in 1883, as seen on the cornice above the second story. Several buildings around the square originally had such cornices, but only The Bakery retains this special piece of Winterset history. The storefront has held a sequence of various occupants: a jewelry store, a restaurant, a hardware store, and a butcher shop. For many years the Modern Woodmen Lodge occupied the second floor. Later the storefront held a furniture store, followed by a Maytag distributor.

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Winterset Facade Rehabilitation Project Drawing to a CloseThe Winterset Madisonian reported that this project is winding...
07/26/2020

Winterset Facade Rehabilitation Project Drawing to a Close

The Winterset Madisonian reported that this project is winding down. Perhaps you have noticed the absence of scaffolding, boarded windows, and cherry-pickers. The 15 properties are looking good and it is time to review improvements made. Watch for daily posts of before-and-after photos, with a few fun facts. We've come a long way, baby!

Many thanks to City of Winterset, Rdg Planning & Design, Iowa Economic Development Authority, Southern Iowa Council of Governments, and Cornerstone Commercial Contractors.

We know the answer, but won't tell!  The 77-page nomination of the Winterset City Park to the National Register of Histo...
07/23/2020

We know the answer, but won't tell! The 77-page nomination of the Winterset City Park to the National Register of Historic Places is in its final stage of being written and reviewed. Every structure in the park, some easily seen and others obscured, has been researched, assessed, and analyzed. Many thanks to Tallgrass Archaeology and Leah Rogers for their excellent work in creating a nomination of high professional standards.

The process moves slowly. The next step is submitting the document to the State Nomination Review Committee which meets in early October. If they approve it (and how could they not?), the nomination will move on to the National Park Service for the final thumbs up, which may take several months. The process takes precision, persistence, and patience.

Do you know when the footbridge was built? Share your guess and a memory you have of this beauty that is nestled in our city park in the comments below!
#WeAreParkandRec #wintersethistoriccitypark #welovewintersetparks

Legacy in Stone – Courthouse Restoration ProjectThe Friends of the Winterset Courthouse organization is undertaking a fu...
07/22/2020

Legacy in Stone – Courthouse Restoration Project

The Friends of the Winterset Courthouse organization is undertaking a fund-raising campaign to repair the exterior of the Courthouse, make it more accessible, and restore historical features. To read more about the first phase and find out how you can contribute, visit: http://madisoncountyhistory.net/legacy-in-stone-courthouse-restoration-project/

Exciting news!  The Friends of the Madison County Courthouse were awarded a $50,000 Historic Resource Development Progra...
07/17/2020

Exciting news! The Friends of the Madison County Courthouse were awarded a $50,000 Historic Resource Development Program (HRDP) grant to put toward the first phase of the Legacy in Stone project that will address repairs to the exterior of the Courthouse. Watch for more details to come. Many congratulations to that group and their grant writers.

GREAT NEWS ALERT: Today we're delighted to announce more than $2 million in grants for Iowa art, history, film and cultural projects, thanks to steadfast support from the Iowa Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts. The 176 grants will help:
-- at-risk youth paint murals in Creston, Iowa
-- business owners turn their storefronts into a temporary art gallery in Ames Main Street
-- preservationists fix up the historic Madison County Courthouse (pictured), near the Madison County Chamber of Commerce
-- filmmakers produce three projects in Fairfield and Des Moines
-- AND SO MUCH MORE: https://bit.ly/393EQKC

State Historical Society of Iowa Iowa Arts Council Produce Iowa Travel Iowa Iowa League of Cities Governor Kim Reynolds Lieutenant Governor Adam Gregg

Historic Preservation "On the Hill"The Madison County Historical Complex is caring for their 1850s Log School that once ...
07/15/2020

Historic Preservation "On the Hill"

The Madison County Historical Complex is caring for their 1850s Log School that once housed students in Douglas Township. It has been doing the "twist and squat" dance and needs some attention. Contractor Steve Reed is under close surveillance by the chickens who call the Complex home.

This type of preservation work will keep the Log School available as visual Madison County history for years to come. Note the new shake shingles on both the School and the Pleasant View Log Post Office to the right, done by Brad V. and the VanWeelden Co.

For more information on the various Complex buildings, visit historyonthehill.com.

The Log School restoration has begun! Thank you Steve Reed for your hard work!

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Does anyone have a photo of the Caleb Clark stone house that was torn down? I remember seeing a post card showing the house years ago but I do not have it. My great-grandmother Sarah Lou Alcorn Patton lived in the house for many years in the first half of the 20th century. It was located at 814 So. 8th Street in Winterset.
Iowa City is working to be a National Historic District. The Winterset Historic District was designated in 2015 and receives the benefits laid out in this article.
Here's a 6-minute video about historic preservation with a purpose, close to Madison County, at Ft. Des Moines. Vision turned a worn out possibility into beautiful, affordable housing.
Ahh... The beauty of the Winterset City Park. The Commission and Winterset Parks & Rec have recently had an evaluation done to see if the park might qualify for a place on the National Register of Historic Places. The historian/archeologist who did the evaluation wrote a report that said, "Yes!" The next step is a deep dive into its history to create the rigourous nomination report. Looks like a 2020 project. We'll keep you posted.
Nice interview! The Historic Preservation Commission thanks the other sponsors who made this happen: Preservation Iowa, Madison County Historical Complex, and Fareway.
I have a written history of Barney, Iowa that was authored by my great grandfather's sister. I was wondering if you might be interested in reading or using it.
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