Historic Pella Trust celebrates Pella’s new historic District being added to the National Register of Historic Places! There are tax benefits for making improvement to the historic homes in this area now that they are officially within a historic District. The City of Pella has a historic commission who oversee forming and maintaining a historic district.  Our organization hired William C. Page, Public Historian and Preservation Planner to document a detailed history for every structure within this district. 

Map of Collegiate Historic District
Collegiate Neighborhood Historic District
 
Address

Highlights/Notes          H = House (G) =Garage

Broadway Street-East Side 

516 Broadway St.

(H)-Frame, 2-story, tile foundation, wood shingles 2nd fl., side gable roof with wide eaves & heavy braces, Craftsman influence, 1950s addition & alterations.
(G)-Detached, frame, 2-bays with side gable roof built by Waechter’s.

514 Broadway St.

1.5-story, brick with stone foundation, Dutch building techniques.

510 Broadway St.

(H)-2-story, brick veneer, side gable roof, symmetrical front facade, pillared front porch, wide eaves & heavy braces, Colonial Revival & Craftsman influences.
(G)-Detached, brick veneer, steeply pitched side gable roof, designed to match house.

506 Broadway St.

1.5-story frame, single-family dwelling, concrete block foundation, full-width front porch with pillars & pedimented entry, Colonial Revival influence.

504 Broadway St.

(H)-‘1.5-story, frame, single-family dwelling, concrete block foundation, side gable roof with/front gabled porch, bay window on south elevation, Craftsman influence.
(G)-Detached, frame, construction original to house, wide eaves with exposed rafters, rare & well-maintained surviving example of early auto garage with Craftsman influence.

Broadway Street-West Side 

515 Broadway St.

(H)-‘2-story, frame, American Four Square design, concrete block foundation, narrow clapboard siding, flared & steeply pitched hip roof, full-width front porch with Colonial
(G)-Revival detailing, surmounted by sleeping porch, likely of somewhat later construction.
Detached, frame, spacious 1-bay, 552 square feet interior.

513 Broadway St.

1.5-story, frame, tile block foundation, open front porch, elaborate & varied fenestration, including picture & ribbon windows, Craftsman influence.

511 Broadway St.

Large 2-story, frame, concrete block foundation, wrap-around front porch with 2-story bay on front facade, steeply pitched hip roof with wide eaves, Colonial Revival influence.

507 Broadway St.

1-story, concrete foundation, varied-colored Roman brick veneer, gable-front-and-wing configuration, tripartite picture window, Ranch styling.

503 Broadway St.

2-story, frame, American Four Square single-family dwelling, concrete foundation, narrow clapboard siding now covered or replaced with vinyl siding, flared moderately steep-pitched hip roof, full-width front porch with paired pillars, Colonial Revival influence.

West 1st Street-East Side 

506 West 1st St.

(H)-‘1.5-story, frame, gable front roof with enclosed front porch under lower gable front roof with ribbon windows, Craftsman influence.
(G)-Detached, frame, gable front roof, likely original horizontal sliding door, rare survivor, accessed from street.

508 West 1st St.

2-story, brick veneer, stone foundation, facade with 3 symmetrically arranged bays, moderately steep-pitched hip roof, and original 1-story front porch now replaced Italianate influence.

510 West 1st St.

1.5-story, frame, stone foundation, gable-front-and-wing with complex of additional gables, rich surface textures, full-width wrap-around porch, Queen Anne influence.

514 West 1st St.

1.5-story, frame, complex exterior wall planes, full-width front porch with original fretwork, north elevation with pent roof over 1st floor window & folk interpretation of Palladian window on 2nd floor, steep-pitched & complex roof with corner returns, Queen Anne influence.

Address

Highlights/Notes          H = House (G) =Garage

West 1st Street-West Side 

611 West 1st St.

1.5-story, polychrome brick veneer single-family dwelling, Craftsman influence, wide eaves & exposed rafters, frame rear addition & attached frame garage built in 1988.

607 West 1st St.

(H)-‘1.5-story, frame single-family dwelling, Craftsman influence, front gable roof, wide eaves, enclosed front porch, & solarium on south elevation.
(G)-Single-bay, frame garage with hip roof attached to house by small connector.  Excellent surviving example of garage.

601 West 1st St.

(H)-‘2-story, stucco clad single-family dwelling, Craftsman influence, wide eaves, exposed rafters, enclosed front porch, ribbon windows.
(G)-Detached, 1-story frame, front gable roof, access drive from Independence St.

515 West 1st St.

(H)-‘2-story, brick, cross-axial footprint, limestone foundation, east elevation with chamfered corners, simulated quoins of brick, pressed metal hood molds over windows, steep-pitched, compound roof, possibly architect-designed, Late Victorian styling, Dutch building techniques in interior.
(G)-1-story, frame, 2-bays, hip roof, east ½ owned by 515 W. 1st titleholder & west ½ owned by titleholder next door on Union St.

511West 1st St.

(H)-‘2-story, frame, massive version of American Four Square, concrete block foundation, narrow clapboard siding, wide fascia where they abut roof, steep-pitched & flared hip roof with projecting wing at rear of north elevation, full-width front porch, Colonial Revival influence.
(G) -1-story, detached, 1-large bay, hip roof.

509 West 1st St.

(H)-‘1.5-story, frame, concrete block foundation, narrow clapboard siding, front gambrel roof intersected by gambrel roof on north elevation,  rich architectural detailing, Colonial Revival influence in Dutch style.
(G)-1-story, frame, detached, 1-bay with large horizontal sliding door, front gable roof.

507 West 1st St.

1.5-story, frame, front gable roof with enclosed front porch also covered with front gable roof projecting from main block, concrete block foundation, original 5/1-double-hung sash, Craftsman influence.

505 West 1st St.

2-story, frame, concrete block foundation, rich surface textures, steeply pitched roof with intersecting gables, wrap-around porch, outstanding example of Queen Anne styling, masterpiece of Cornelius W. Visser, a contractor-builder in Pella.

Union Street-South Side 

707 Union St.

2-story, brick, hollow tile block foundation, moderately pitched side gable roof, unusual fenestration, 1-story brick solarium on east elevation, sits tightly on lot, Craftsman influence.

805 Union St.

1-story, frame, concrete foundation faced with red-colored brick, side gable roof with projecting enclosed entry covered with front gable, attached 1-bay garage on west elevation with lower situated side gable roof.

809 Union St.

2-story, frame, tile block foundation faced with red-colored brick, narrow aluminum siding on walls, side gable roof with wide eves & braces covers main block, dormer window centered on front facade, spacious enclosed front porch, Craftsman influence.

Independence Street-North Side 

704 Independence St.

1-story, frame, sits on elevated site, features a basement garage.

714 Independence St.

1.5-story, frame, stone foundation, steeply pitched front gable roof, replacement trim work, attached 2-bay garage (1995) at rear.

806 Independence St.

1-story, brick veneer, Ranch style influence.
Detached, frame, side gable roof with moderately wide eaves related to house design.

808 Independence St.

(H)-‘2-story, frame, American Four Square influence, hollow tile foundation, enclosed front porch, unusually tall brick chimney.
(G)-Detached, frame, hip roof, original accordion wood doors, perhaps earliest garage in Collegiate Neighborhood Historic District & a jewel.

814 Independence St.

1.5-story, brick, stone foundation, Romanesque Revival influence on window in front facade gable end, early 20th c. enclosed porch on facade, modern brick garage attached on east elevation.

900 Independence St.

1-story, brick veneer, low-to-ground placement, attached garage, Ranch styling, 81-foot front facade, diagonally sited on lot.

906 Independence St.

2-story, frame, American Four Square influence, hip roof with wide eaves, wrap-around porch.

Main Street-West Side 

503 Main St.

2-story, frame, steeply pitched hip roof with intersecting gables, wrap-around front porch, sits high on commanding site, Late Victorian vernacular styling.

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