1868 Italianate/Depot – Marshalltown, IA

Added to OHD on 7/26/16   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   56 Comments
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3184 Quarry Rd, Marshalltown, IA 50158

  • $15,900
  • 1 Bath
  • 832 Sq Ft
  • 1.29 Ac.
Unique one of a kind stone home located in the town of Quarry! Home has one big room with kitchen, bedroom, and living room. Sits on 1.29 acres. Woodburning stove for heat. Affordable living
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Jeff Heiden, New Horizons Realty,
(828) 828-8280

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56 Comments on 1868 Italianate/Depot – Marshalltown, IA

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11835 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    I’m guessing this was once a church? Maybe someone can dig up some information on it.

    • MartyKF says: 1 comments

      The title of the listing says “depot”. The design lends to that for sure.

      • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11835 comments

        1901 Folk Victorian
        Chestatee, GA

        I’m confused, I’m the one that wrote “depot” in the title…

        • EricJm says: 4 comments

          Well you picked the right word since it looks like a Depot building and is right near train tracks. They literally run through the ‘backyard.’ I can almost picture it completely bare, filled with waiting room benches, while people warmed by the stove in cold weather.

    • jgmadrid says: 3 comments

      I am amazed how many comments, ideas, dreams… about this property. I just bought it 2 weeks ago. I am starting with renovations. My idea is restore it as original as possible. I will build a room with bathroom in the attic. Maybe a dormer. The kitchen will look like ticket selling point. All appliances hidden.

      • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11835 comments

        1901 Folk Victorian
        Chestatee, GA

        Congratulations! Hope you’ll update us on your progress!

      • RossRoss says: 2411 comments
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        1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
        Emporia, KS

        How exciting! Congrats!

      • GoddessOdd says: 321 comments

        congrats on your new place… please post photos as you go, I for one would love to see and hear about this great little place.

      • Patty Soukup says: 1 comments

        A few years ago there was a museum in the building. Stop in and found they had pictures of my aunt and grandma in the store across the street. They lived up stairs back in the 1950s. My grandmother was the woman who wrote to the Department of Transportation to get a sign for Quarry on Hwy 30. Do you know what ever happened to the little museum that was in there? It was a Minneapolis St. Louis {now Union Pacific) train station

  2. Beth Schad says: 1 comments

    i wonder if a structure like this could be moved perhaps?

    • Jo Ann G says: 119 comments

      The stone floor would not be possible to move without a lot of effort. The walls might be made in such a way as to move it; but you would have to do the floor stone by stone, I suspect.

  3. WhenIWinTheLottery says: 61 comments

    I was wondering what it was before as well. It has a simplistic charm. Can’t beat the price.

  4. Sallly says: 19 comments

    I’m intrigued. This could be a really nice little house. Unless there’s some big problems, it’s certainly a bargain.

  5. Dave Mummery says: 21 comments

    WOW, pretty cool. It’s a foreclosure, built 1868 if I’m looking at the records correctly.

  6. Scully1963 says: 46 comments

    Believe it or not, the house I’m in right now is smaller. 🙂 However, I like the idea of it being one big open room. You could do some fun things with screens or make some unique room dividers. My biggest concern would be insulation–it is Iowa, and I know they can get some major snows. This would be a fantastic first house for an individual or a couple.

  7. Robinjn says: 240 comments

    On the FB page someone said it was an old rail depot, and I looked at it via satellite; two tracks running right behind it. What a neat old building. I’d want to gut and vault the ceiling, maybe build a bathroom on. but it would be a really neat compact home for someone. Bet it gets cold in winter.

  8. Jojo says: 7 comments

    Im in love….

  9. Salamar says: 9 comments

    This would suit me just fine, imagine all the hours you could save when cleaning

  10. Franka says: 24 comments

    I think I just fell in love.

  11. avonna says: 9 comments

    The title of this page says “depot”. 🙂 Love it!

  12. Michele says: 90 comments

    I wonder if it could be moved….it would be perfect to sit on the shore of a lake as a vacation cottage!!

  13. JullesJulles says: 517 comments
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    I’d take down the interior walls and reconfigure it which would be easy because the outside wall are supporting. I would put a loft in the back half of the house with a master bedroom and put the kitchen under the loft. I would also move the bathroom to the back because the kitchen and bath should not be at the front door. Did you notice there is a second floor window? It could go in the loft and a cathedral ceiling for it all that you could insulate well. What a great project. Is it near any nice sized cities?

    • JullesJulles says: 517 comments
      OHD Supporter

      Ok it is an hour from Cedar Rapids and Des Moines. It is 10 minutes to Marshalltown a city of 27,000 and growing. My question now is that a train car across the street or a single-wide mobile home? If it is a train car does it go with the station? If it does, I think we just found a place to retire!

  14. MidwestBecky says: 40 comments

    This is such a great little building. I have lived in smaller – 800 square feet is actually a lot to work with when it’s all one big space. I think I would tear out the “new” that’s been put in and reconfigure it a bit. I used to have a friend who had remodeled a tiny old carpenter gothic church into a home. It was about this size and had an open layout, and it was absolutely wonderful.

  15. Rachael says: 4 comments

    I immediately thought of the movie The Station Agent. 🙂

  16. Pamela Siemsen says: 44 comments

    I live in Marshalltown, Iowa . I will have to look this house up it would be awesome for someone that wants one of those tiny houses. Beautiful.
    Cyclones for us

    • JullesJulles says: 517 comments
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      Pamela, please do. Checking out the house would be great. My husband and I are in Georgia and we are looking for a fixer-upper that we could buy free and clear for when we retire and I love stone homes and this looks great to fix up. Plus my husband is a train buff and if that is a rail car across the street that is part of the deal, I think he would go for it. A rail car would make a great guest house!

  17. Robinjn says: 240 comments

    If it was moved I could see it as an incredible guest cottage or a wine tasting room.

  18. JullesJulles says: 517 comments
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    Dusting off my math a little, I believe the building is 32 feet by 26 feet which equals 832 sqft. I think the ceiling at the top of the pitch is 18 feet. So with the back windows shorter than the front windows you should be able to put in a loft for the back of the building at around 9 ft. which would leave 9 feet for the top most point of the loft but you would have to bring in the sides quite a bit. I’ve seen it done before where they made a platform over the kitchen and bath. You could even close off the back door because you already have a second door on the side. Plus the windows and doors in the back look like a relatively new addition. I was also thinking with the house being of such substantial stone if you put hurricane straps on the roof you should be able to weather what ever nature sends your way.

  19. says: 7 comments

    Why would you want to move such an amazing piece of Iowa?! I love this building. Iowan born and raised, Carney coal mines my family settled. Ankeny Iowa as it is currently known just outside of Des Moines, I will have to check out this amazing Depot. Thanks again oldhousedreams.com!

    • Robinjn says: 240 comments

      I love Iowa. I was just commenting to someone who was asking about moving it; I would assume it would have to be disassembled and reassembled.

      The only downside of the lot to me is that there are no trees/landscaping and there are double rail tracks RIGHT behind it.

  20. Roger says: 44 comments

    I was wondering about the two front doors? It is a cool house and I wouldn’t change a thing!

  21. Linda says: 4 comments

    I’m packing my bags as we speak! Have a sister who lives in Iowa!

  22. tc says: 297 comments

    Don’t know about Iowa but in the south RR stations were racially segregated until the early 1960’s. There were separate entrances and waiting areas. That could account for the double front doors.

  23. JullesJulles says: 517 comments
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    IMO, I think it is an in and out door. People are carrying luggage and cargo. You would want an “entrance” and an “exit” door so they don’t crash into each other coming from and going to the train.
    Looking at the stone and doing a little research the stone is limestone. That explains the color of the front and it looks different from the sides because the front is “dressed stone”, cut and polished, and the sides are undressed limestone.
    The stone blocks seem to be 1 foot square by 5 feet long, to move it you would have to take the building apart stone by stone and unless it is the Taj Mahal the price of doing that then putting it back together would be exorbitant and not worth it.

  24. Van Cardwell says: 37 comments

    Both black people in 500 miles would be thrilled.
    The blacks only door would have been very simple.
    It would have been around back.
    It would be great to see historic photos. Rail stations generally had a passenger and a separate cargo area. This station is so small it’s difficult to ascertain how it functions. I suspect there would have been other structures around it. There isn’t much around hear, except I imagine farming and maybe rock queries. The tracks are far enough out back that a road could have been in between. My thought is that a separate cargo structure would have been adjacent.
    Did you notice all the sides are different?
    If anyone could find historic photos that would be great!

  25. Frank D. Myers says: 55 comments

    There were no racially segregated public accommodations in Iowa. Men and women, however, were segregated. This is a rather small depot, but certainly in larger ones there were separate waiting rooms for women and men often served by separate doors with equal access to the ticket counter (restrooms in the little sheds out back).

  26. GoddessOdd says: 321 comments

    I love this place… just wish it wasn’t in Iowa. Lovely and sturdy little home, with a few tweaks it could be wonderful!

  27. Ross says: 2411 comments


    For $16K? $16K!

    What am I missing????????

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11835 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Hmmmm…used car or house…used car or house…used car or house…such a hard (yes, I said yard before…been doing that all day) choice! 🙂

  28. Memosonic says: 15 comments

    The solid rock structure has a very good insulating quality. It would need very little cooling in the summer, however it would require much more to heat in the winter. But once it is warm it would stay warm as long as there are no drafts to take the heat away. The cold from the outside would stay out. My 1907 house has foot thick solid brick construction and I am always astonished at how well the structure heats and cools.

  29. Jennifer HT says: 748 comments

    A little reminiscent of a mausoleum. But is somehow adorable.

  30. Carl says: 1 comments

    I am interested in this property, Maybe, in a position to offer cash. I live in the Richmond Virginia area. Thank you!

  31. rumplestilskin says: 1 comments

    60 trains per day 75ft from the tracks.its a decrepit trailer beside the house needing a roof.new owner is responsible for water fees of approx $1000.what looks like the front of the house is the back ,facing the tracks.its a cheap drop ceiling that needs to be removed.roof will need replacement soon.septic needs iowa state approval before occupancy.on the plus side it can and will(except the roof)survive iowa cyclones!

  32. JullesJulles says: 517 comments
    OHD Supporter

    That explains the price. It would have been nice if they had disclosed this information in the ad. I wouldn’t want to be the new buyer not knowing all of this.

  33. Mark Howe says: 2 comments

    This RR station at the LeGrand Quarry was built by my GGFather Isaac B. Howe with his partner Geo. Kirby. Anyone wanting more history, letterhead, letters etc. email me markhowe@cox.net. Phone 949-496-3453.
    Thanks for the photo!!
    I live in So. Calif. but lots of Iowa history in the family.
    I welcome comments from folks interested in Iowa RR history as well as Iowa history in general.

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