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Iowa Masons Benevolent Society Building

Key Information

  • Year Built: 1876
  • Location: 121 High Avenue East
  • Current Tenant: Mahaska Title/Hawkeye Real Estate
  • Architecture Style: Italianate

Architecture

The architectural style of the I.M.B. Society building was likely influenced by the Mahaska County Courthouse. The horizontal stone banding, stone and brick voussoirs over the triple windows grouped with a segmental arch are all evident in both buildings. Even the brick color, a bright orange, is the same. 

The I.M.B. Society building, being a commercial structure, exhibits more of an Italianate style than the more public courthouse. This is evidenced by its flat roof, brackets, etc. vs the pitched roof and arched windows of the courthouse. 

Renovations to the building include a new storefront in 1932 and translucent glass added to the south side of the building in the 1980s. 

History

Emily Russell Remembers Alsops

Emily Russell remembers the Alsops store that was located in the Iowa Masons Benevolent Society Building.

Tennant History

1889
121 HAE
C.E. Monroe (Stoves)
Watts & Pilgrim (Tinsmiths)
Bolton & McCoy (Occupied Upper Story)
123 HAE
Huber & Kalbach (Hardware)
Dr. J.C. Barringer (Occupied Upper Story)
Iowa Masons Benevolent Society
Central Iowa Loan & Trust Co.

1902
Huber & Kalbach (Hardware)
Central Iowa Loan & Trust Co. (Occupied Upper Story)
Bolton & Bolton Attorneys
Cowan, Hambleton & Loring Co. (Real Estate)

1911
Huber & Kalbach Co. Hardware
U.M.W. District 13 Offices (Occupied Upper Story)

1925
Smith-Shipley Co.

1936
Alsops Inc
Johnson Abstract (Insurance Offices, Occupied Upper Story)

1985
Alsops (Department Store)
Johnson Abstract (Insurance Offices, Occupied Upper Story)

2017
Hawkeye Real Estate
Mahaska Title

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