Preservation Personals: A Beautiful Bed-and-Breakfast in Central Iowa
If you want to say you’ve been to Nevada without all the hassle of heading out West, then come visit me. I’m just a few blocks from the central business district in Nevada, Iowa, and as the town’s beloved bed-and-breakfast, I’m a great host.
I was built in 1878 for a local merchant who moved away in 1890 after his firm closed. My next owners, the Swayzes, are said to have improved me extensively; when they sold me at the turn of the century, it was for $5,000 more than they purchased it.
I am, truly, a product of my time—I was built in a vernacular style, but I also have many the hallmarks of an American Queen Anne Victorian, which you can see in my roofscape and attic windows. I also have elements that reference earlier styles, like my window hoods and the stones that stripe my octagonal turret. My mix of styles helps make me so charming, and I’ve happily brought them with me into the 21st century.
A large part of my 21st century has been life as a B&B. In 1989, my former owners ran me as one for four and a half years until health issues forced them to close. They sold me to my current owners, the Howards, who reopened the rooms in November of 2013. I'm cozy, as you can see, but I'm spacious, too: I have six bedrooms for rent and I can accommodate up to 12 people at once. If that sounds good to you, wait until you hear this: If you buy me, I’ll come with all the linens, furniture, dishes, and training you’ll need to keep running the business.