The Builder

cropped-2004PaintJob-1-1.jpgThis Queen Anne, Victorian mansion was built in 1892 by W.C. Ellis who owned the Ellis & Son lumber mill business in Vinton Iowa. The Lumber yard still exists today and is no known as McDowels Lumber Yard.

Ellis was also a co-founder and president of the Kelly Canning Company in 1892. In 1895 the canning company was re-established as the Iowa Canning Company with Ellis as vice president and was considered the largest canning operations of its kind in the world. There were two banks in Vinton, at the turn of the twentieth century; Ellis was president of one bank and vice president of the other bank. He was quite the entrepreneur.

The Historic Ellis House

original-ellis-houseThe unique architecture of this home was originally highlighted by several different colors to detail this beautiful "Painted Lady". Inside there are seven fireplaces each with ornate wood & tiled mantles. Walking through eight foot tall pocket doors into rooms with ten foot ceilings and ornate wood parquet and inlaid floors.

Behold vibrant fall colors through stained glass windows. Ascending the beautiful open staircase from the oak paneled Great Hall, is only a sampling of the six species of woodwork through out the home.