—by Kate Feil, Story City Historical Society Director

This week we are featuring two homes located on the 800 block of Pennsylvania Ave, the Peter Boyd Home and the O.G. Hendrickson Home. Both of these homes were very similar in design, using the Foursquare style that was popular from the mid-1890s to the late 1930s. Six of the 25 homes built in 1913 were constructed in the Foursquare style. The hallmarks of the style include a basically square design, two-and-one-half stories high, usually with four large, boxy rooms to a floor, a center dormer, and a large front porch with wide stairs.

Peter Boyd Home (826 Pennsylvania Ave)

By the middle of April of 1913 Peter Boyd had some of the materials on hand for the new residence he was building on his lot on north Penn Ave, which was just north of Mrs. Dale. By July 10th, the construction of his new home was well underway. According to the 1914 Directory of Story County Iowa, both Peter Boyd and O.G. Hendrickson were retired.

O.G. Hendrickson Home (819 Pennsylvania Ave)

In the April 10th, 1913 edition of the Herald, it was announced that O.G. Hendrickson would erect a fine residence building on his lot just north of Jasper Jacobsen’s place on north Penn Ave. A contractor from Roland had the job. Within three months, construction of the home was well under way. In the middle of October Hendrickson moved into his new residence. The house he vacated was occupied by H.A. Anderson, the implement man.

If you would like to take a driving tour of all of the Century Homes and Buildings, maps are available at the Bertha Bartlett Public Library, 503 Broad St. or at the Carriage House Museum, 619 Grand Ave.