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Property Name Old Settlers' Association of Johnson County Cabins
Reference Number 13000429
State Iowa
County Johnson
Town Iowa City
Street Address Upper City Park Road. off 100 block Park Road
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 6/25/2013
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The Old Settlers' Association of Johnson Co. Cabins are significant under Criteria A and C at the local level. Under Criterion A, the cabins are examples of an early 201 h century commemorative effort by a social organization that sought to celebrate and reflect on their common pioneer heritage. The commemoration involved the construction and relocation of replica log buildings in City Park in Iowa City in 1913 and 1918. Until the end of the Old Settlers' Association of Johnson County in 1939, these cabins were the centerpiece for annual patriotic celebrations and summer picnics for the group. Under Criterion C, the Old Settlers' Association of Johnson Co. Cabins are examples of two distinct log house forms typical of the Midwest- the Double Log Cabin or dogtrot log house, which was erected in situ in 1913 in Upper City Park and the Single-Room Log Cabin originally erected in 1889 and moved to Upper City Park in 1918. Together, the two buildings provide examples of log building forms and sizes that were commonly used in Johnson County and Iowa City prior to Iowa statehood but are rare in 2012. The particulars of log building construction including log hewing techniques, notching styles, chinking work, stone chimney building, an expansion technique for log structures known as a dog trot, and other aspects of log building architecture are evidenced in the two building examples nominated.


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