Clermont 160-acre homestead a labor of love

CLERMONT — Susan Kuennen Massman and Jim Massman bought a 160-acre farm in Clermont together late in life in 2010.

They spent many long hours landscaping a variety of gardens in what she describes as the beautiful rolling hills of &# [...]

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Grande dame

CEDAR RAPIDS — She has been one of the grandest ladies of Grande Avenue Southeast for these past 92 years.

A three-story brick house situated regally on a sloping terrace, she was built in 1922 by Dr. Wencil Naibert, a dentist, and af [...]

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The return of the front porch's popularity

MOUNT VERNON — When Ann Booth saw the grandiose front porch on a Mount Vernon turn-of-the-century home, she wanted it. So when the house went on the market almost 40 years ago, she and her husband Guy Booth bought the home.

They've b [...]

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Country comfort

Editor’s note: This is the second of a two-part series showcasing two homes built in Vinton more than a century apart.

VINTON — It’s the house that Roger and Barb Beau built [...]

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Historic Vinton home

Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part series showcasing two homes built in Vinton more than a century apart.

VINTON — The proud Queen Anne beauty was built in 1901, right on the [...]

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Pleasing patchwork

SHUEYVILLE — It’s not that Kathy Bowersox’s garden is so much in a plot as it is in patches. It’s just kind of sprinkled all over the yard at their 1865 brick house, built on rolling farmland near this Johnson County vi [...]

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Cherry on top

CEDAR RAPIDS — George Cherry is what you might call a casual gardener. And though he is a passionate gardener as well — creating a deck with more than 50 pots and planters that would make Martha Stewart swoon — the names, well [...]

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A Midwestern garden

CEDAR RAPIDS — Melinda Myers, nationally known gardening expert, author, and television and radio host, will share her expertise on Midwest gardening with the public at a June 25 fundraiser sponsored by the Cedar Rapids Garden Club.


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Home sweet home

SPRINGVILLE — It’s in the Crystal Creek development in rural Springville, in the rolling and sometimes wooded countryside that’s accented occasionally by a meandering creek. The house description is a “single family res [...]

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A lot with a little garden

CEDAR RAPIDS — There’s a lot of flower and vegetable gardening that you can do with a standard city lot of 50-by-140 feet. If you don’t think so, just take a look at Cindy and Tom Fagan’s home on Fourth Avenue SE near B [...]

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Iowa City cohousing project moving forward

Iowa City is inching closer to having their first cohousing project.

The project, called Prairie Hill, was proposed by the Friends of Iowa City. They will file for a rezoning application to build the housing units next Thursday. It will be [...]

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Salvaging history: Iowa City home part of parade Sunday

In the 1850s, a small stone house was built in the relatively newly-established state capitol of Iowa City.

That home’s limestone foundation and part of its walls are still standing, as part of a red brick home at 528 E. College St. continue »

Wood planking, cornices, doors, windows, rafters, rusty radiators, clawfoot bathtubs. These items aren’t stocked on most store shelves.

At Salvage Barn in Iowa City, though, most of the inventory is at least 50 years old. Signs of we [...]

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