This house is one of the gems of the Queen Anne style in Iowa. J. C. Stemmer, the original owner-builder, was a lumberman, and he equipped his two-story brick house with a rich variety of band-sawed and turned woodwork. The front veranda with its patterns of curved arches and spandrels was matched by the elaborate open trusswork of the third-floor gables on the side of the house. The elaborate interior woodwork is enriched by numerous stained glass windows.
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