Linsay House

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Lindsay House
935 College St., built in 1893.jpeg
Linsay House is located in Iowa
Linsay House
Linsay House is located in the US
Linsay House
Location 935 E. College
Iowa City, Iowa
Coordinates 41°39′31″N 91°31′17.2″W / 41.65861°N 91.521444°W / 41.65861; -91.521444Coordinates: 41°39′31″N 91°31′17.2″W / 41.65861°N 91.521444°W / 41.65861; -91.521444
Area less than one acre
Built 1893
Architect George F. Barber and Co.
Architectural style Queen Anne
NRHP Reference # 77000529[1]
Added to NRHP August 2, 1977

The Lindsay House is a historic building located in Iowa City, Iowa, United States. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.[1] The house was built in 1893 by John Jayne, an Iowa City bridge builder. The plans for the 2½-story, frame, Queen Anne were purchased from the George F. Barber and Co.[2] It features a chimney that takes up an entire corner of the main facade, a stone arch that surrounds the first-floor window with leaded glass in a sunflower pattern, a wrap-around porch with a corner turret, and a three-story octagonal tower behind it.

Jayne gave the house as a wedding gift to his daughter, Ella, and her husband, John Granger Lindsay. The Lindsays moved to Chicago in 1913. The house was subsequently divided into apartments, and in 2005 became a 10-bedroom unit of the River City Housing Collective.[3][4] It is perhaps most famous as the model for the boarding house in the comic strip Bloom County, and where the strip is partially set.[5] Berkeley Breathed, who wrote the comic strip, called the house one of “the ugliest houses in the five-state area... Six different architectural styles in one house is a milestone at least and at most a landmark to bad taste”.[3]

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  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ James R. Juilfs. "Linsay House" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2017-05-22.  with photo(s)
  3. ^ a b Langton, Diane (January 26, 2015). "Time Machine: Bloom County House". The Gazette. Retrieved 2015-03-26. 
  4. ^ "Bloom County House". River City Housing Collective. Retrieved 2017-05-22. 
  5. ^ Holden, Greg, The Booklover's Guide to the Midwest: A Literary Tour, Clerisy Press, p. 113