A painting depicts a white and blue house with a big porch and a round pointed roof.
The Queen Anne style C.E. Smith house features an octagonal porch

"The C.E. Smith House" by Heather Heckel

Quick Facts

Location:
West Branch, Iowa
Significance:
Part of Herbert Hoover National Historic Site
OPEN TO PUBLIC:
No

The house on the former site of West Branch's Methodist Church is known as the C.E. Smith House. Charles E. Smith was a carpenter and a Civil War veteran. In 1903, he completed his dream home for himself and his wife, Deborah atop Cooks Hill where each spring, he would tap his maple trees to make maple syrup. Although this home was built eighteen years after Herbert Hoover left West Branch, the National Park Service relocate it near President Hoover's birthplace in 1969.

Last updated: November 17, 2018