The SpaceI doubt there is another unit nearby to compare this to, with its combination of modern aesthetic and beautiful original stone masonry. This unit was created by a former resident who visits frequently and wanted to stay IN the town as opposed to the nearest hotels in towns many miles away.
Once the unit was complete, the owner received numerous requests to rent the unit from others with connections to State Center who also preferred to stay IN the town, and the B&B was born.
Most guests have a tie to the town, though we've had numerous others brought to the area for the industry in Marshalltown to the east, Ames/Iowa State University to the west, and Des Moines 45 miles southwest.
The location allows one to be immersed in the charm and rhythm of rural small-town life in this friendly, busy village. Guest AccessThis unit is in the heart of our small downtown historic district. Within two blocks are the following;
1. Two restaurants, one pizza and broasted chicken and the other with sandwiches/burgers/salads/general fare.
2. A gas station/quick shop.
3. A grocery store.
4. Retail shops, including women's apparel and antiques.
5. A drugstore.
6. A bar.
7. A fitness center.
8. A Post Office.
9. A bank with ATM.
10. A local butcher with retail meats.
11. A preserved grocery store museum.
12. Beauty shops.
13. Barber shop.
Within six blocks are;
1. Another antique store.
2. A historic house library with free internet/computer access and small playground.
3. The public Rose Garden.
4. A restored one-room schoolhouse.
5. A restored train station (nearly complete as of early 2016).
6. Several churches.
Take your time and enjoy looking the town over. Interaction with GuestsAs we are in a small town, to provide a potential snack for late arrivals and a start toward our guests' first day in town, we stock the unit once with coffee and basic cold breakfast items which may include milk, cereal, bagels or English muffins, yogurt, fruit and juice. We give guests a key, answer any questions and give them a phone number should any other questions arise. Otherwise they are left to enjoy their privacy for the duration of their stay. The NeighborhoodThis is vanishing small-town agricultural America at its most authentic. There is a large grain milling operation on Main Street just to the west, and farm tractors on Main Street are not uncommon. The main east-west Union Pacific railroad line runs just north of Main Street, with an average of over 80 trains per day passing through daily, great for train buffs. History buffs will enjoy our "Remarkable Row", 13 continuous attached turn-of-the-century storefronts each with individual character and most sporting recent renovations. Explore the Main Street shops or take in a high school sporting event during your stay and meet the friendly locals! Getting AroundAs a small rural town, our only public transit is walking. Other Things to NoteThis building is part of State Center's "Remarkable Row", said to be the longest contiguous row of turn-of-the-century storefronts left standing in the state.
In the late 1800's, the entire city block of then-wooden structures burned, with the exception of one wooden structure still standing at the far west end of the "Remarkable Row". As a result, the city mandated brick for rebuilding, resulting in the "Remarkable Row" seen today.
One of the most interesting aspects of the unit is the exposed stone masonry, and if one looks closely at the western living area wall, it is possible to see a change in the type of masonry where the bottom of the stone foundation from the original burned building on this site was re-used for this newer building, with newer masonry completing the top 2/3 of the wall.
The other masonry exposed in the kitchen/bedroom/bath areas was the foundation for a large iron vault which used to sit on the main floor of the bank. The harsh Midwest climate precludes exposing any of the exterior masonry to the north or east.
This bank eventually merged with the local bank across the street, whose original building is still standing, and that local bank still operates across the street today from their expanded facilities.
Subsequent to housing a bank, the building housed for many years the local doctor's office, and at times has housed various retail ventures, the newspaper office, a real estate office and a dental office.