Independence State Hospital, Iowa

Update: I revisited the hospital on a sunny morning in July of 2022. I first visited Independence, Iowa, which is the county seat of Buchanan County in the northeastern portion of the state, in 2011 and photographed the streetscape improvements in the downtown area (though I didn’t post the photos until 2018). As it turns…

Railroad Machine Shops, Oelwein, Iowa, Revisited

Update: We made it back up close in July of 2022. We went back to try and get a better view of what I discovered were old railroad machine shops in Oelwein, which I had viewed back in the fall of 2018 (seventh photo down). Unfortunately, due to the height of the undergrowth, the buildings…

Gothic Revival Cottage, Fayette, Iowa, Revisited

Back in October of 2018, I visited the town of Fayette in northeastern Iowa, which has a plethora of beautiful buildings, including this intriguing Gothic Revival house, which is the western of a pair. I dawned on me that the house was probably abandoned back then as it now. One thing I noticed is the…

Montauk, Clermont, Iowa

Back in the fall of 2018, I had discovered the town of Clermont in northeastern Iowa, one of the most special places in America. I realized later I had missed one of the most amazing houses in America, high up on the hill above the town. That house and surrounding estate is Montauk, the home…

Round Barn, Hazleton, Iowa

We visited our family’s farm near Maynard, Iowa in mid July and also traveled through an Amish settlement near Hazleton, in Buchanan County. There is a round barn, but it is on private property, so we could not get very close to photograph it. But the landscape is still beautiful in the mid-summer light.

Cathedral of St. Raphael and Environs, Dubuque, Iowa

The Cathedral of St. Raphael was completed in 1861 in brick, with the front facade in limestone finished later in 1876. Dubuque is actually an archdiocese, despite being by far a much smaller city than many other metropolitan areas in Iowa. It speaks to its rich history as a Roman Catholic community that the smaller…

Bluff Street Between 3rd and 5th Streets, Dubuque, Iowa

At the corner of West 5th Street and Bluff Street is the Augustine A. Cooper House, a restored Romanesque Revival mansion that is now a bed and breakfast. Cooper was a wagon manufacturer in Dubuque, and his wagons were shipped throughout the United States and even the world. But Cooper’s house is a bit of…

Main Street, Between 2nd and 9th Streets, Dubuque, Iowa

Starting in the south at 2nd Street, at the Hotel Julien Dubuque, named after the founder of the City of Dubuque, we head north through the southern part of downtown on Main Street. To the east, much of the old industrial area was destroyed by a highway built in the 1960s. There was even a…

Bank and Insurance Building, Dubuque, Iowa

Built by a host of Dubuque’s financial giants to create what we would probably now call “Class A Office Space,” the Bank and Insurance, or Fischer, Building, dominates Main Street at the corner of 9th Street. It opened in 1895 and is a tour-de-force of terracotta ornament. The top and street level stories have been…

Main Street Between 11th Street and 9th Streets, Dubuque, Iowa

I cut over from Locust Street towards Main Street; like many cities in America, living close to the central business district was once prestigious, before the noise and smoke of the automobile made it less desirable. The incredibly beautiful Second Empire townhouses left behind along Main Street and its side streets remind me of what…