Linda Olson bought the brick house at 1104 Rapids St. in 1992. She and her two children, Patrick and Stephanie Andreini, moved from Adel Estates.
They have been Adel residents since 1976 and are only the third family to live in this 104-year-old house. Built in 1908 by J.C. Hill, the house portrays a Prairie/Georgian Revival style structure. Exterior details that stand out are four traditional dormers, a hip roof, a newly renovated front porch and the first owner’s name engraved in a stone square on the front of the house.
Stenciling embellishes the walls and borders the floor as you enter the front door and walk into a welcoming room. From there you walk straight ahead into a large open living room flanked by two original crafted wood columns. The two-and-a-half-story house has four bedrooms, living room with a fireplace, den with built-in bookshelves and another fireplace, dining area, breakfast room, sunroom, a 750-square-foot upstairs playroom that was used when the children were little, three bathrooms and a unique powder room built under one of the stairways. All two-story houses have a stairway, but this house has two beautiful stairways that meet on the second level. Linda had the old windows replaced but used the same style casement windows in keeping with the period of the house, and she removed the interior shutters to allow more light to filter into the large, open living space. The house has the original woodwork and floors with the exception of the tile floor in the kitchen.
The house was beautiful to start with and was on the Holiday Home Tour twice. Linda wanted to add her own personal touch to the house, so she decorated with antique pieces, memorabilia of the family’s favorite football team, the Iowa Hawkeyes, and art and photography relevant to Adel’s history. A special framed piece is a picture taken on the front steps of the house. The picture is of Nile Kinnick Jr., Nile’s younger brother Ben, and friend Larry Hill who once lived in the house. A copy of this picture is also available for viewing at the Adel Museum.
The natural landscape including the walkway, huge trees and driveway blend with the character of the brick home.
Linda works for Aviva USA in West Des Moines. Her hobbies include shopping for antiques, bicycling on the Raccoon River Valley Trail and cheering on the Iowa Hawkeyes.