Own a Piece of Ames History: Prairie Ark

Bert and Mary Adams Home to be auctioned on July 27 at 7 pm

Posted by CC on July 17th, 2011 2:44 pm

The City of Ames received ownership of the former home of the late Bert and Mary Adams, 1013 Adams St., after the death of Mary Adams. Her personal belongings were donated to the Ames Historical Society, and the proceeds of the sale of the house, minus expenses, will be given to the organization. A live auction of the home will take place on Wednesday, July 27, 2011 at 7 p.m. at 1013 Adams St.

Located on two acres of gently rolling land featuring picturesque views of Ada Hayden Heritage Park, the former home of long-term Ames residents Bert and Mary Adams provides peaceful, scenic country living from within the city limits. This unique 1949 one-story, ranch-style home features customized Prairie style architecture to complement its impressive two-acre lot filled with mature trees. The home is adjacent to the three-acre Adams Memorial Greenway.

The 1,438-square-foot first floor includes two bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms, and a galley kitchen. The living room includes a high ceiling with a clerestory, a Prairie-style design features showcasing a band of narrow windows along the very top. The clerestory wall rises above adjoining roofs and adds height to the home’s silhouette. True to Prairie style form, the Adams home is constructed around a stone central chimney, open interiors, custom built-in furniture, and emphasis on horizontal lines including overhanging eaves.

The lower level provides an additional 1,438-square-feet with 80” to 89” ceilings and another full bath. The home features cinder block foundation, gas forced warm air furnace and central air conditioning. An attached single car garage and a two-car detached garage provide ample areas for storage. Additional features include a 348-square-foot open porch in the front and a 312-square-foot screened porch.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime sale and the proceeds will go to an important community cause – preserving and sharing Ames history.

(Photo from bid documents, available online.)
To find out more, go to: www.cityofames.org