The Lee house, built in 1867, is an excellent example of the Italianate style of domestic architecture, popular in the United States from approximately 1840-1885. Its simple cubical form, symmetrical proportions, belvedere, and extensive use of brackets are typical of the style. Daniel S. Lee was a prominent early settler in Independence. Lee was the first volunteer from Buchanan County to fight in the Civil War, and he helped raise a company of men to join him. In 1917 the house became the home of the People's Memorial or People's Hospital. Despite its use as a hospital, the Lee house retains its integrity of design, materials, and workmanship.
Photo: Lee House, later People’s Hospital
– Courtesy Iowa State Historic Preservation Office