A for sale sign has appeared on the fence outside of the 1918 house on the northwest corner of 20th and Harvard streets, notes a reader. The 2-story brick-over-concrete home, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983 as the Banta House, was listed for sale in February along with the Ink Spots Museum next door at 117 E. 20th. The 21,120 sq.ft. now mentioned by the sign as up for grabs and division appears to include the parking lot behind the 2 buildings, along with the land holding the blue house at 2005 Harvard St. (also penned in by the fence).
The Banta House, decked out in 2 levels of complete wraparound porch, has spent the last few years working office space gigs for the likes of MidAmerica Mortgage and Moore Insurance Agency (which has since moved further down 20th). The latest owners bought all 3 of the buildings in 2014.
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- National Register of Historic Places Inventory — Nomination Form [National Park Service]
Photo: Lindsay Scovil Dove