Alexander Clark House

201-203 W. 3rd St., Muscatine, Iowa


Overview Looking Northeast

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in June 2013



Street View 


This is a two-story, three-bay, Italianate house. It sets on a brick foundation. The walls are brick. The combination roof is clad in asphalt shingles. The house is located on an elevated interior lot that slopes sharply down on the south elevation. There is a more gradual slope at the back (north) and side elevations. The building is arranged as a double house, with front entrances to each side of the building located in the middle bay. Two similar, brick chimneys are located on the back half of the roof at the east and west ends of the building. This building was moved from its original site in 1975 as an alternative to demolition. The back yard has been landscaped with a walking path, vegetation and wood decking.

The front (south) elevation features a symmetrical side gable front with the first-story openings of the middle bay providing separate front entrances to each side of the house. The entrances are accessed from an elevated wood deck that includes a short set of steps on its west side. A railing extends along the steps and the outside of the deck. The two entrances are similar. Segmental arches, created by a double rowlock of brick, crown each door opening. A non-historic, wood door with a center louver is located in each opening. Narrow sidelights flank each door and a transom is present above each door. The tops of the sidelights and transom are arched to follow the general shape of the entrance top. All the remaining openings on the façade are historic, two-over-two-light, double-hung wood windows. Similar, double rowlock arches are located over these windows, as well as the building’s remaining door and window openings. The windows have simple stone sills. Two windows on each story are located in each bay of the front elevation. Each opening is aligned with the corresponding opening on the other floor. The roof overhang is supported by a series of brackets along the entire length of the side gable.

~From the Site Inventory Form, State Historical Society of Iowa for this property. You may see the entire report by following the Architectural Survey listed in the "Sources" section.

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 14, 1976
Reference number
NR name
Clark, Alexander, House
Architectural style
Victorian: Italianate
Areas of significance
Ethnic Heritage - Black; Politics/Government; Social History
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
B - Person
Property type
Historic function
Single dwelling
Period of significance
Significant years
1879; 1890; 1975


19th Century (38,023)
African-American heritage (1,531)
Alexander Clark (1)
Brick (42,466)
Built 1879 (305)
Built during 1870s (5,056)
Have Street View (48,212)
House (27,794)
Iowa (2,528)
Italianate (5,117)
Moved (2,194)
Muscatine County, Iowa (35)
Muscatine, Iowa (20)
Owned by local government (11,500)
Stone (26,168)
Victorian (19,703)

Update Log 

  • May 1, 2017: New Street View added by Bill Eichelberger
  • October 25, 2014: New photos from J.R. Manning
  • March 30, 2014: Updated by J.R. Manning: Added description and link
  • March 27, 2014: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated Status and Added Photos


Alexander Clark House
Posted October 25, 2014, by Anonymous

Thank you, correct photos posted and link to inventory form added.

Alexander Clark House
Posted October 23, 2014, by A. C. (anmawico [at] yahoo [dot] com)

You have the wrong house posted as the Alexander Clark House.

The correct, along with information and photo, can be seen at

In the meantime, thank you for your site. I enjoy browsing the photos.