1897 Queen Anne – Osceola, IA (George F. Barber)

Off Market / Archived From 2015
Posted in 2015. Sold status unknown.
National Register
Added to OHD on 9/3/15 - Last OHD Update: 1/16/18 - 34 Comments
222 W Mclane St, Osceola, IA 50213
This home is listed in the National & State Register of Historic Places. The 1897 Victorian Lady has been lovingly restored. Know as "The Banta House" is sits on about an acre with a circle drive & beautiful mature landscaping. Features include: 9' ceilings, maple flooring, 3 oak fireplaces, walkout basement, huge attic, 4 bedrooms, 4 baths, formal living and dining rooms, 2 family rooms, bonus room, inviting eat-in kitchen, vestibule, greeting room, 3 spacious porches, 2 extra parking pad and a brick patio. In 1996 a 24'x32', 1 1/2 story carriage house with upstairs living quarters and desk was added. Property is zoned residential, commercial or both. Close proximity to I-35, 45 minutes to Des Moines Metro, 2.25 hours to Kansas City. Addition information available upon request. 24 hour notice for an appointment.
Last Active Agent
Mary Erickson, United Country      (641) 223-8139
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34 Comments on 1897 Queen Anne – Osceola, IA (George F. Barber)

  1. You provided links to two other No. 10 homes. One is/was listed as having over 4,000 square feet, another as having some 3,000 square feet, and this one as having 2424. Yet to my untutored eye, they all appear large and imposing and largely original. Would you have any guesses as to the variances in size? One might have a finished attic, I suppose, but then this one has what appears to be a stone foundation formed basement room photographed as finished space.

    • I couldn’t say other than some areas of the country only count the heated space as square footage, other parts leave out the basement and attic, especially if unfinished. Plus, they may have some additions on the back end.

  2. This one has been in several books (including William Plymat’s VICTORIAN ARCHITECTURE OF IOWA) and of course, has the George Barber design pedigree. The decor is restrained and while not a musuem house, nothing modern intrudes much into the period flavor. It does have a metal replacement windows in the front from what I can see but otherwise quite intact. Priced about right for a fully restored home as well…looks turn-key to me. I like it!

  3. Is this Victorian – The Banta House still for sale ?

    If so, please provide any updated selling details.

    Bob & Deb

    • It is still showing available for sale, contact details for the agent is located in the Agent tab or on the listing page links.

  4. I happened to walk by this house tonight on my way to supper, recognized it as one I had seen on this site, and then walked by it again, more closely, on my way to the motel after dining. It is a fine house and sits very well on its site. The garage shown has, behind the small doorway in its front, a stairway leading to the upstairs; I suspect there might be a studio apartment or the like there. Off to the side of the circular driveway are several older small outbuildings, as well as parking for a very large RV home.

    McLane Street is now a street that within a block or two further west has become commercial, with a grocery store, a Mexican restaurant (for which I can vouch), an older motel, and other offices and businesses. However, to my mind nothing detracts from the house. Moreover within two blocks east of the house, one can turn and go to the town square about three blocks away and then go to the Amtrak train station.

    One house, with an astonishing street presence, is for sale at 115 W. McLane. Formerly it housed offices of “Children & Families of Iowa”, and a residential center was located several blocks further east. The listing agent thinks this house is a Dutch Colonial, but I will be a Dutch Uncle before I believe him, as the house seems to me an interesting Midwestern adaptation of Shingle style to narrow homes built to look English in style with shrubs and so on. Unfortunately the pictures do not do the exterior justice and the interior is now mainly one wide open space. http://www.osceolaiowarealty.com/index.cfm?fa=listings.view&ListingID=134549&PropertyTypeID=3

  5. This is a wonderful house! It is gorgeous to drive by and look at. I am a Realtor in Des Moines and this home is on and off the market quite often which makes me wonder why?
    I love it!

    • The house was off the market to many new updates: A New roof, PEX plumbing, Hardwood floor refinishing and many other decor features.

  6. Last year I was driving through Osceola, saw this house, slammed on my breaks, backed up, and parked.


    I then opened my iPad, clicked on OHD, and seached for the house before me.

    And there it was. So, I took a tour of the interior! All the while never disturbing the inhabitants!

  7. I have a question about about this place. First off, I absolutely LOVE it, but my question pertains more to the location than the house itself. The listing states it is in Iowa, yet the old drawing at the bottom of the page states it is in Auburn, Nebraska. Or are they maybe referring to the owner, that lives in NE?

    • The drawing is not of this particular home but a page from the architects plan catalog that showed customers different house plans they could buy. I included the drawing to show what the catalog page of the plan looked like and was just a drawing of a house in Nebraska, nothing to do with this home other than it was the same plan design.

  8. sooo pretty and they did a 1st class staging of it….not that his house needed much help!!

  9. My dad grew up in this home. Mary and Ed Banta were his aunt and uncle.

    Ed died sometime in the 1950’s, Ruth, their daughter, was sort of not right, Dad’s Mom died when he was a year old (Margaret, sister of Mary) and he went to live with Amy Rollins, another sister of Mary. When it was deemed Amy could not take care of Dad by herself (she had a fake leg – you don’t want to know the details) both she and he moved into the “Banta” house.

    Yes, I never lived in Iowa, but we went to visit many times. Oh, and Helen Banta (Mary’s other child) and my Dad were best friends.

    It was so beautiful – all the surrounding vacant,green land. Oh, gorgeous.

    Another thing – the bedrooms do not have a knob. They are sliding doors. So neat.

    That attic was a dream for kids.

  10. I’m the owner of this home and appreciate the info and will verify it with the histortorians. We know Amy lived there but have no record of a child. What was Helen Banta”s friends name, your dad?
    The Bedroom doors all have knobs only one room which was the library has an oak pocket door, there are others on the 1st floor parlors & dining area.
    We are interested in any more info you may have please send it to the home’s address. Thanks

  11. Is the town near a city with medical and a decent airport? Also….the stove in the kitchen is in an odd place. We are looking to retire in the middle of the country….maybe this is it.

  12. Hi Melody,
    The Clarke County Hospital is 2 blocks away (very good facility). Des Moines Hospitals & Airport are 40-50 minutes away. Kansas City, Mo. airport is 2 hours +15 Min South. We also have a nice local airport.
    The kitchen has 7 doors and windows (very sunny) the stove is a Jennair vented downdraft (no hood) which works like a dream. The kitchen was configured as to not compromise the historical character of the house. All your questions are welcomed.

    • Hi Mary, remember me, Donna my late wife worked with you. My wife is falling in love with this house, talking about moving to Iowa if this works for her. Got a call into the realtor to see it. Hope to see it before we have to go back to AZ.


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