NEWTON, Iowa – A group called the Newton Historical Society is trying to stop the possible demolition of a historic Newton home.
The Bergman House on First Avenue East has been regarded as a landmark building and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Originally it was home of August Bergman. Bergman helped start the company that eventually became Maytag. Bergman died in 1932 after a successful business career and a stint in politics. He once considered running for governor.
His home was regarded as an architectural example of “mission revival” style homes. It was designed by one of Iowa’s best design firms of that era, Proudfoot and Bird. It was constructed in 1909. The home has served as an inn but is now vacant.
Alexa McDowell is a founding member of the Newton Historical Society. The group made a presentation to the Newton City Council to encourage the city to buy the property.
“This is a one-of-a-kind building in our city and state,” said McDowell. “People assume because it is so beautiful it will be saved by someone, so far no one has stepped up.”
The council is meeting Monday night to discuss the purchase of property.