Story City Century Homes and Buildings
—by Kate Feil, Story City Historical Society Director
In 1913, twenty-nine homes and buildings were built in Story City. Six of the 1913 homes were built in what was called the Sanitarium Addition, which is the 300 block of Lafayette Ave. This article features two of these homes, the Andrew Valen Home and the Even Amlund Home. In the upcoming weeks we will feature the other homes in the Sanitarium Addition as well as the Sanitarium building. The Historical Society has installed an exhibit on the Century Homes at the Bertha Bartlett Public Library, 503 Broad St. In December, the exhibit at the library will rotate and feature the Sanitarium Addition Homes. Driving tour maps of all of the homes and buildings are available at the library or at the Carriage House Museum, 619 Grand Ave.
Andrew Valen Home (340 Lafayette Ave)
By early September of 1913, Andrew Valen’s home was almost finished in the Sanitarium Addition. Grotness was the contractor for Valen’s home and 2 other homes on this block. Valen moved into his home in mid-December of 1913.
Even Amlund Home (335 Lafayette Ave)
Even Amlund was the foreman of the Visergutten Norwegian newspaper in Story City. In April of 1913, Amlund let the contract for his new home to a Mr. Hays. Amlund moved into his new house in the end of August, being the first one to get his dwelling ready in the new Sanitarium Addition.
(This is the third in a continuing 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.)