614 West Water Street is the home to this stately Victorian masterpiece! Built in 1900, this home was given as a gift, yes, a GIFT to its first owners, Ed & Millie Marsh Curtin. Ed’s father, John, a local blacksmith and entrepreneur was so happy with his son marrying Millie that he thought this gift was appropriate. Ed Curtin became president of the bank at the corner of Winnebago and Water Street (now occupied by Hacker Nelson), and was prominent in the community. Mrs. Curtin was a good friend of Mrs. Ben Bear; they both owned electric cars and used them to drive donations to the poor. The Curtins also owned race horses which they raced in Des Moines and Chicago. The horse stables were located north of the home and were extravagantly built of quarter-sawn oak. The Curtins had one daughter. Sadly, they lost all their property, bank, and home, during the Great Depression and relocated to Chicago.
The next owners were Edward Haynes and his wife. He was also a banker and prominent person in the community. He, his wife, and sister lived in the home for approximately 30 years before moving elsewhere. The home was sold to Paul Strand, a local attorney, and his young family. They resided at the home for about 10 years.
The home was next owned by Jerome Kroshus, followed by the current owner, the Lynches, who purchased the home in 1989. The home is a beautiful example of preserved Victorian architecture. Every owner has taken meticulous care of this prestigious home on Water Street–now it’s YOUR turn! The possibility of a B & B is very REAL!! Take a look with your agent and discuss the possibilities–it’s the BEST STEAL on the market this Spring!
614 W. Water St., Decorah, IA – NOW $277,000