The Jordan House
The Jordan House
The Jordan House
The Jordan House

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Experience The Jordan House, a stately Victorian home of Italianate Gothic design and Bennett School, one of the last one-room schoolhouses built in Iowa.

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RECENT NEWS

  • Home for the Holidays December 4 & 11

    Join us at the Jordan House and Bennett School for a celebration of the season during Home for the Holidays! Visit the historic Jordan House, featuring decorated rooms, treats and live music. Family crafts will be available... 

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  • Jordan Scholars at the Polk County Supervisors

    Wednesday, October 26, 2016, local students selected for the West Des Moines Historical Society’s James Jordan Scholars Leadership Institute met with Polk County Supervisors for a discussion of the many opportunities for... 

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UPCOMING EVENTS


WEST DES MOINES HISTORICAL SOCIETY - HISTORIC BUILDINGS


The Jordan House
The Jordan House

The Jordan House, a stately Victorian home of Italianate Gothic design, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a member of the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program.... 

The Bennett School
The Bennett School

Built in 1926 or ’27 the Bennett School was one of the last one room schools to be built in West Des Moines and was in use until at least 1941. It was originally located on an acre of ground donated...