Winneshiek County Heritage Center:

Landers-Adams-Bodensteiner House


Restoration work continues at the Landers-Adams home at 302 S Mill St in preparation for the Winneshiek County Historical Society move there in December of this year. Fourteen Greek Revival six-over-six windows will soon be installed on the second floor, funded in part by a $10,000 grant from the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution. Pictured here is a fifteenth restored window installed last year to replace a water-damaged one on the south wing second floor.

Restoration of the back porch is well underway. Removal of the crumbling porch last August (accomplished by WCHS volunteers), capping a deep cistern under the porch, and installation of a new porch deck and back stairs were part of last year’s restoration efforts after a water-damaged south wing wall was deconstructed and rebuilt. The original Italianate back door was restored and installed. Currently, porch roof rafters have been framed and Italianate style porch posts and acanthus style corner braces are being installed. Roy Prestsater replicated the chamfered posts and corner braces from vintage photos of the original porch.
Grants plus WCHS matching funds, and community contributions have funded restoration work thus far, but more restoration work remains to be done. If you would like to help with the restoration process, your contribution can be directed to the Winneshiek County Historical Society at Box 63, Decorah, IA 52101. Questions? Please call the WCHS at 563-382-4166. And keep watching for more restoration work as it unfolds!