Built in 1895, the house was a model of modern architecture, and its interior arrangement for comfort and convenience made it one of the most handsome homes of the time in the city. It contains a beautiful open staircase, wide, carved woodwork, large, airy rooms, pocket doors, several fireplaces, thick brick walls, a quaint attic and a full basement, and a back stairway into the kitchen. Outside, two-story ionic columns connect the second-floor balcony and the welcoming front porch. A portico extends over the driveway. In the early years, there were fish ponds and elegant willow trees.

Special features include, The Iowa Room filled with books about Iowa & written by Iowan authors, artwork, paintings, pottery, and other unique crafts all made by local Iowans.

The basement is filled with antiques & other fun collectables, more arriving daily as well as a large sale room. Clocks, furniture, children's books, quilts & jewelry and unique kitchen accessories are items that can be found among the mix.

Each year many tourists shop through the halls of The Columns. On many occasions we see familiar faces who have had so much fun on their first visit that they return time & time again.

Contact Details

  City Centerville , IA
  Zip Code 52544
  Address 107 E. Washington St.
  Phone Number (641) 437-1178

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