Architectural Heritage

The book "Clinton, Iowa An Architectural Heritage" was sent to us by Susan Jessen.  It's absolutely wonderful to read.  You get a whole new vision of Clinton, especially when you're used to going there quite often and seeing 'the same old buildings'.  You look at things in a whole new light.Architectural design

The cover of the book features art inspired by the ornamentation on the front of the Van Allen Building. 

There are about 200 black and white  photos in the book, which consists of 96 pages.  This book is also available at the Clinton County Historical Society. The book was done by the Department of Community Development, City of Clinton in 1980.  The numbers that appear in parenthesis ( ) throughout the text of the book refer to the photo and description of the property in the Structures and Descriptions section of the book.


Preface and Introduction

Brief History of Clinton

  • Early Development: 1836-1860
  • Railroad - and Lumber - Inspired Growth: 1860-1900
  • New Growth: Twentieth Century

Physical Description of Clinton

  • Site Characteristics
  • Growth Pattern
  • Recent Developments

An Architectural Overview

Structures and Descriptions 

  • (This is a large text file)

Representative selections of structures surveyed for the architectural inventory project, sponsored jointly by the Division of Historic Preservation, State Historical Department of Iowa and the City of Clinton, are summarized on the following pages.  Each structure included was surveyed and photographed as existing in May to September, 1979.  One building (135) has been demolished but is included in this book for informational purposes.

Each building or district entry has a number designation for identification purposes.  In addition, this identification or I. D. number is a key for location of the building on reference maps bound in this book.  Also, each representative entry is organized in sequence, using the following format:

Historic Name (Common Name), street Address, Date of Construction.

If the common or present name is the same as the historic name, or if only the common name is applicable or known, then no other name appears in parentheses ( ).  [I did not include many of these because I was afraid it would name the people currently living there.] In addition, if the architect or builder is known, the name or names will appear immediately after the construction date, as part of the complete heading.  After the heading, a summary follows to complete each selected structure entry.

Maps, Bibliography, Glossary and Acknowledgments are not included here online.

SOURCE: Department of Community Development, City of Clinton, Clinton, Iowa, An Architectural Heritage (1980)