While there may be reused fragments of older European houses present in several examples throughout the state, the Senti dwelling can probably lay claim to being the oldest complete house in Iowa. The house was built c. 1755 in the small Connecticut town of Portland. It was purchased by the Senti family, shipped to Iowa, and then reconstructed.
44 This Colonial dwelling is a characteristic example of a mid-eighteenth-century New England house. It is two stories high, with a
Mike Whye and Charles W. Roberts, “A Connecticut Classic comes to Iowa,” 1987.