Star-Clipper-Canfield Building and Winding Stairway

534 2nd St., Traer, Iowa

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Overview Looking Northwest

The spiral staircase was built so that reporters for the Star-Clipper could enter the editorial offices of the newspaper, located on the second floor, directly without going through the rest of the building.

The arrangement is a bit rare, the staircase is freestanding with a reverse-spiral. (Think of a screw with a left-handed thread.) It is connected to the building with a bridge to a suspended platform.

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in May 2013

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National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 29, 1975
Reference number
75000699
Area of significance
Engineering
Level of significance
Local
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction
Property type
Building
Historic function
Business
Current functions
Professional; Specialty store
Period of significance
1875-1899
Significant year
1894

Tags 

19th Century (36,896)
Brick (42,460)
Built 1894 (575)
Built during 1890s (7,360)
E.E. Taylor (1)
Iowa (2,480)
Private owner (54,396)
Stairway (4)
Tama County, Iowa (24)
Traer, Iowa (2)

Update Log 

  • May 11, 2013: New photos from J.R. Manning

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