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Off Market – Cheap-ish Iowa Mansion For Sale $130K

Own a piece of Ottumwa History! This Beautiful grand home on 2+ acres is unlike anything you have seen! The front of the home has a circular driveway, with a large brick porch and stairs. When you walk in you are greeted with a gorgeous crystal chandelier and the unique and grand staircase with a sky light lit stained rotunda glass ceiling. On the first floor you have a large front living room with beautiful wainscotting and fireplace and a ton of light! The dining room has another chandelier, fireplace, lead glass windows and beautiful wood paneled walls. There are numerous rooms that include a gorgeous library, front office space, additional bedroom with bath access that could be main floor primary suite or guest room. The butler’s pantry and kitchen are to the back of the home with easy access to another bedroom/bath and back stair way. Upstairs are multiple bedrooms and baths and so much architectural detail; you really must see for yourself! This home and lot with orchard, exquisite outdoor fireplace place, a once exotic flower garden and the original John Morrell guard house! It’s Ottumwa’s own Downton Abbey! Priced under assessed and appraised value, to allow you to bring this once Belle of the Ball back to it’s former glory! Call your agent today to get your showing scheduled. Sold As Is

  • 6bed
  • 4bath
  • Circa 1885


If interested in a property, please contact the realtor whose link is provided in the post below, or contact an agent of your own choosing. Independent verification of details and status is recommended.

423 N Market St, Ottumwa, IA 52501    $130,000



Family History

Per newspapers and genealogy records, this home was owned by T. H. Foster (1875-1951), Chairman of the Board of the John Morrell Meat Packing Company that was located at 316 South Iowa Street in Ottumwa.  He lived here with his wife, Mary Frances Bulger Foster (1879-1956), and their children, Catherine, Gertrude and Robert.  T.H. died at home of a heart attack.




The realtor mentions the John Morrell guard house. I can’t quite link the connection between the John Morrell meat packing plant and the John Morell & Sons architectural firm which was based out of Clinton, Iowa, from.


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