The Newell Historical Society (NHS) has been awarded a Historical Resource Development Program grant for $9,400 to help fund the painting of the historical Allee Mansion located on the Iowa State University Farm south of Newell. The Mansion is listed on the National Register of Historical Places. The 1891 Queen Anne style mansion is a restoration project of the Newell Historical Society. It has been 12 years since the Mansion was last painted a Victorian color scheme consisting of 13 separate period-appropriate colors.
The restoration project will include scraping, chalking, and numerous repairs to windows and exterior crown molding trim. The unique round turret has several different fish scale patterns which will be highlighted in shades of green. The front porch gingerbread trim will be enhanced with colors reflecting the 13 colors to be used.
The Mansion was the three story home of George Allee who donated it and the farm around it to ISU for research and development of crops and livestock. The NHS has leased the mansion from ISU for the pasted 19 years.
The master bedroom is also being wallpapered with a detailed design of Bradbury and Bradbury hand silk screened wall paper. Several patterns are being combined into an original ceiling pattern in green and pink shades which were favorite colors of the Victorian era. Paul Monson, NHS board member, is the coordinator of both projects.
ISU is celebrating its 150 birthday with several celebrations through out Iowa. On September 16th ISU will host a celebration at the Allee farm with a morning program including several ISU dignitaries. The event will also mark 50 years of research on the Allee farm. Recognition will be given to key community organizations and family members. Tours of the mansion will be available that day. The public is welcome to attend.
The Allee Mansion is now a museum, open to the public, and is also opened for special holidays and other events.
From more information please call 723- 272-4356 or 712-272-4566.