Hesper House, Winneshiek County

West and south elevations

West and south elevations

The log core as it existed when it was originally constructed.  Two rooms, the plan is unusual, perhaps alluding to a Yankee or German builder.

The log core as it existed when it was originally constructed. Two rooms, the plan is unusual, perhaps alluding to a Yankee or German builder.

House as it exists today:  Log core bottom, later additions top

House as it exists today: Log core bottom, later additions top

East elevation:  original two room log core measuring 16' x 28' is right, later framed additions are left

East elevation: original two room log core measuring 16′ x 28′ is right, later framed additions are left

West and north elevations

West and north elevations

South and east elevations

South and east elevations

Coursed platville with its characteristic blue hue, located on addition

Coursed platville with its characteristic blue hue, located on addition

The log core measures 16'x28' and was built of mostly white pine with a few oak logs mixed in for fun.  I wasn't able to identify the corner notching, but likely full dovetail.

The log core measures 16’x28′ and was built of mostly white pine with a few oak logs mixed in for fun. I wasn’t able to see the corner notching, but likely full dovetail.

North and west elevations

North and west elevations

South elevation

South elevation

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The foundation of both the original log building and the subsequent additions were made with platville limestone, a variety about 5" thick and very rot resistant.

The foundation of both the original log building and the subsequent additions were made with platville limestone, a variety about 5″ thick and very rot resistant.

porch detail

porch detail

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Beautiful, beautiful 2/2 double hung sashes

Beautiful, beautiful 2/2 double hung sashes. ┬áNice paint job…

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Fish scaling found on every gable

Fish scaling found on every gable

putt, putt

putt, putt

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Exposed and hand planed joists and floor boards

Exposed and hand planed joists and floor boards

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shelf

shelf

Exposed and painted joists and floor boards

Exposed and painted joists and floor boards

Inside addition:  Notice orignal diagonal beadboard wall treatment, now mostly removed

Inside addition: Notice orignal diagonal beadboard wall treatment, now mostly removed

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yikes!  white pine doesn't hold up well

yikes! unlike oak, white pine can’t stand water

Banister, inside addition

Banister, inside addition

Again, looking south.

Again, looking south.

Looking south through original primary entrance to log house.  The left doorway was carved out of an orignal window and is a later addition.

Looking south through original primary entrance to log house. The left doorway was carved out of an orignal window and is a later addition.

Staircase, inside addition

Staircase, inside addition

Hand carved flower rosette.

Hand carved flower rosette.  Ignore the three diagonal cuts.

Most of the interior treatment has been removed, but a few pieces remain.  Shown here is a doorway plinth.

Most of the interior treatment has been removed, but a few pieces remain. Shown here is a doorway plinth.

One thought on “Hesper House, Winneshiek County

  1. limewindow

    Paul – this one looks as if it’s about to collapse any moment – the foundation must be compromised. The size is impressive – does this imply wealth of the residence and would they have been farmers primarily? Agree the sash windows are beautiful and the diagonal beadboard treatment can been seen here sometimes on old cottage ceilings.

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