Originally what was essentially a religiously based commune, the Amana Colonies are a popular tourist destination in central Iowa.
The commune ended back in the 1930’s, but Amana Appliances are still produced in the town.
The architecture is sturdy, mainly stone instead of the ubiquitous red brick common in the Midwest.
The structures are simple, in keeping with the communal lifestyle that demanded every meal to be eaten with the entire group.
The meeting house is long, relatively unadorned and lacking any grand entrance.