West Side Residential Historic District (NRIS 100002919)
Roughly the 300-800 blks. of W Washington Blvd., W Jefferson & W Main Sts. including Sunset Park,
Iowa. County/parish: Washington.
Added to the National Register of Historic Places
September 14, 2018.
- Alexander Young Cabin
- The Alexander Young Cabin is a historic building located in Washington, Iowa, United States. Alexander Young built this log cabin for his home in 1840, and it served as the family home for 36 years. It is the only cabin that has been preserved in Washington County. Besides a residence, the Young's opened their home to hospitality, overnight travelers, church services, the post office, and as a school for at least one term. The two remaining family members donated the cabin to the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1912 as a memorial to all pioneers. It was moved from its original location to Sunset Park in Washington. It was individually listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. In 2018 it was included as a contributing property in the West Side Residential Historic District. (read more...)
- West Side Residential Historic District
- The West Side Residential Historic District is a nationally recognized historic district located in Washington, Iowa, United States. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2018. At the time it was studied for the State of Iowa it contained 255 resources, which included 184 contributing buildings, one contributing site, one contributing structure, one contributing object, and 68 non-contributing buildings. Some of the numbers could be adjusted up for the National Register nomination as the park required further study. The historic district is a residential neighborhood on the west side of town with houses that were built from the 1850s to the 1960s. The oldest house in the district was constructed in 1856, and eight of the houses were built after 1969, the cut-off year for inclusion as a contributing property. All of the houses are single family dwellings, and most of them are frame construction. Nine of the houses are brick or stucco. They range in height from single-story to two-story structures. The district is noteworthy for its large collection of Victorian styles from the 1880s to the 1900s, but there are also a number of American Foursquare, American Craftsman, and bungalows in the neighborhood as well. The Joseph Keck House (c. 1860) and the Frank Stewart House (1894) are individually listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The contributing site is Sunset Park, which was developed by prominent residents who lived in the neighborhood in the early 20th century. It sits to the west of the residential area. The Alexander Young Cabin (1840) was relocated to the park in 1912, and it is individually listed on the National Register. A marker that commemorates the park's original donor is the contributing object. A section of West Washington Boulevard is paved with brick and it is the contributing structure. (read more...)
National Park Service documentation: https://npgallery.nps.gov/AssetDetail/NRIS/100002919