Gorgeous Queen Anne Mansion for Sale in Vinton, Iowa [PHOTOS]
One of Benton County's most beautiful mansions is for sale.
This amazing Queen Anne mansion sits along 2nd Avenue in Vinton, a brick street that matches the charm of that part of the city. The home is part of the Central Vinton Residential Historic District, part of the National Register of Historic Places since 2012.
Built in 1893, the home has seven fireplaces, 10-foot pocket doors on the main level, original woodwork, and hardwood floors throughout much of the home. It sits on a large, .4-acre lot at 913 2nd Avenue in Vinton. The spacious house features a total of 4,954 square feet, 5 bedrooms and a total of 8 bathrooms, 3 of them full baths. A new boiler was installed earlier this month.
The listing price for the home, once a bed and breakfast, is $339,900. The agent is Brad Cole of Ohl Iowa Realty.
The mansion was built by W.C. Ellis in 1893. According to the History of Benton County, Ellis was vice president of Farmers National Bank of Vinton and president of the Vinton Savings Bank. He was also an owner-officer of the Kelley Canning Company which would feature a number of names over the years, including the Iowa Canning Company. In the 1890s, it was recognized as the first corn canning factory west of the Mississippi River.
*Photo below is of the Seed House from the Iowa Canning Company, as it looks today, along Highway 150, across the street from Celebration Park. The park sits next to the Cedar River.
W.C. Ellis also led the Ellis Lumber Company in Vinton, beginning in the 1870s. In the mid-1930s, L.J. McDowell would form a partnership with Ellis' grandson, making it the Ellis McDowell Lumber Company. It became McDowells Inc. in 1969.
*Photo of McDowells on 2nd Avenue in Vinton today. It sits just five blocks away from the W.C. Ellis mansion. The interior and exterior photos of the home are below.