Grinnell Historic Commercial District

Roughly bounded by Main, Broad and Commercial Sts. and 5th Ave., Grinnell, Iowa


Broad Street Between Commerical and 4th

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in April 2013




The red box, outlining the district on the map, is slightly off. The box is provided by the NPS and was not created by Landmark Hunter. The box, which resembles home plate, is about two blocks south of where it should be.

This isn't such a bad error, the box for the North Grinnell Historic District has its northern boundary in the middle of an unidentified lake in Ontario, a couple hundred miles northwest of Winnipeg.

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on April 9, 1991
Reference number
Architectural styles
Victorian: Gothic; Victorian: Italianate; Victorian: Romanesque
Areas of significance
Commerce; Architecture
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic functions
Department store; Specialty store; Financial institution
Current functions
Business; Specialty store; Financial institution; Restaurant
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1875-1899; 1850-1874
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 46
Non-contributing buildings: 26


Brick (42,460)
District (10,328)
Gothic (1,435)
Grinnell MPS (4)
Grinnell, Iowa (15)
Iowa (2,498)
Italianate (5,079)
Limestone (8,192)
Poweshiek County, Iowa (24)
Private owner (54,396)
Romanesque (2,715)
Stone (26,161)
Terra cotta (3,922)
Victorian (19,697)

Update Log 

  • May 5, 2013: Updated by J.R. Manning: Added notation about the boundary and added photographs of the district.
  • May 5, 2013: New photos from J.R. Manning