Amanda Garvin House

A painting depicts a yellow two story house has brown trim and Carpenter Gothic gingerbread.
Wooden arches ornament the porch of Amanda Garvin's house

"The Amanda Garvin Cottage" by Heather Heckel

Quick Facts

West Branch, Iowa
Part of Herbert Hoover National Historic Site

Amanda Garvin was a single 35-year old woman when she bought this property in 1870 for $90.00. She had this cottage built by 1872. The Garvin house is a wonderful example of the Gothic Revival style with its steeply pitched roof, gingerbread bargeboard trim, and ornamental arches framing the open front porch. By 1878, Miss Garvin was renting her cottage to tenants. During the fifteen years she owned the property, she mortgaged it several times but lost the home to foreclosure in 1885.

Last updated: November 17, 2018