West Hill Historic District

Roughly bounded by W. 2nd St. from Pine to Ash, W 3rd St. & W. 4th St. from Chestnut to near Ash., Muscatine, Iowa

A neighborhood of mostly upscale homes, west of downtown Muscatine and overlooking the Mississippi River


Photo taken by J.R. Manning in March 2014




A total of 204 properties built by 1960 in the West Hill neighborhood were surveyed as part of this project. Properties typically consisted of a house or the combination of a house and historic outbuildings. Overall, there are about 308 resources, including 202 historic residences, 1 commercial building, 1 park, and 103 garages and other outbuildings. Iowa Site Inventory forms were filled out for each property, including name, date, address, a narrative description, and a statement of significance. A photograph and map accompanies each site inventory form. Each property was evaluated for its potential individual eligibility for the National Register of Historic Places and for its potential to contribute to a West Hill historic district.

~Taken from the Historical and Architectural Survey of the West Hill neighborhood in Muscatine, a copy of which resides at the Musser Public Library and is available for viewing online.

Each of the highlighted properties is described in the report. A link to the report is listed in the "Sources" section, shown below.

The photographs shown in the gallery above are not meant to be an exhaustive display of the properties listed in the report but a representative selection of homes that are a part of this historic district.

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on April 30, 2008
Reference number
Architectural style
Mid 19th Century Revival: Exotic Revival; Late Victorian
Areas of significance
Architecture; Community Planning and Development
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic functions
Single dwelling; Multiple dwelling; Secondary structure; Park
Current functions
Single dwelling; Multiple dwelling; Secondary structure; Park
Periods of significance
1825-1849; 1850-1874; 1875-1899; 1900-1924; 1925-1949; 1950-1974
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 258
Contributing sites: 2
Contributing objects: 2
Non-contributing buildings: 67

Update Log 

  • March 30, 2014: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated Status and Added Photos