—by Kate Feil, Story City Historical Society Director
This week we feature the large building on the northwest corner of Broad St. and Penn Ave., which Alley’s Pizza now occupies. Originally the building housed the Story City National Bank and was one of four large commercial buildings built in Story City in 1913. Driving tour maps of all of the Century Homes and Buildings are available at the Bertha Bartlett Public Library, 503 Broad St. or at the Carriage House Museum, 619 Grand Ave.
Story City National Bank (529 Broad St)
By the middle of April of 1913, the Story City National Bank had let the contract to the Krell Construction Co. of Hampton. The old building was to be moved out into the street on the east during the building of the new structure, after the completion, of which, it would be moved to the back of the lot, facing east on Penn Ave.
In the May 1st edition of the Herald, we find out that work on the new Story City National Bank building had started with a rush. A dozen men and several teams had the excavating just about finished as they went to press.
The building has a frontage of 44 feet and a depth of 85 feet. The corner was occupied by the bank. The balance of the first floor (extending from the front and around the back of the bank, in the shape of an L) was occupied by the Ladies Fashion Shop, which O.O. Donhowe operated. Under the bank was a finely finished room, which Tom Knutson fitted up for a barber shop with bathroom facilities. Dr. Gilberson and Dr. Frandson had rooms in the front of the second story, and the rear of the building contained a handsomely finished five-room apartment, which was occupied by Mr. and Mrs. O.O. Donhowe.
In the middle of December of 1913 it was reported in the Herald that "The building is built of a light yellow pressed brick, trimmed with white granite– a combination which is very pleasing to the eye. No expense has been spared to make it first class in every particular, and certainly the builders have succeeded in making an improvement on their corner, which does a great deal towards toning up our business street."
(This is the 13th in a series of articles featuring the various century homes and buildings of Story City, as compiled and researched by Story City Historical Society Director Kate Feil.)