Byron and I read an article in Old
House Journal about the National Register of Historic Places. We
decided to write to the state historic department and request an
information packet. After receiving it and realizing that our house
could qualify, we began our quest.
The house qualifies under the category
of architecture. We began reading, comparing, and writing a
detailed description of the house from the outside in and the
basement up. Every detail and architectural element has to be
documented. It was somewhat less complicated because the house had
maintained all of its original features. The only things changed
were the shake shingles removed and the back porch enclosed.
The total process took about a year and
a half. We submitted 3 different drafts which included black and
white pictures, color slides, maps, drawing of the house and its
rooms, and history. After hearing from the historic committee that
our house was to be approved, the final step was to present it to
the board for final nomination to the National Historic Register.
This was a thrill for Byron and I to accomplish this ourselves and
we our proud to display the certificate in our home and the bronze
plaque on the front porch.
We have three
children now grown, out of college, and married. They have
blessed us with 9 grandchildren. We started our bed and
breakfast when all of them were living at home. It has been a
great experience, welcoming guests into our house, meeting all
different professions from almost all of the 50 states and a
few foreign countries. We look forward to having you share
our home and meet our family.
We are proud of
Clarinda and our home and are anxious to share both with you.
We look forward to your reservation!
For more information please
Byron and Gail Barr
400 North 16th / Glenn Miller Avenue
Clarinda, Iowa 51632
(712) 542-5006 ~ (712) 254-3765