Walking Tour Historic Square

The tour beings at the Bloomfield Main Street Office.
101 E. Franklin St. Bloomfield, Iowa 52537

To listen to the fascinating history at each site, call 641-664-2100. Then press the corresponding number at each location.

Bloomfield Main Street Logo (Square)

Historic Bloomfield

Bloomfield was platted on April 29, 1844 and incorporated with a population of 300 in 1852. Bloomfield retains significant examples of historic architecture in both its commercial buildings and homes. The Bloomfield Square Historic District is comprised of 41 commercial buildings and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.

National Bank of Bloomfield

1) National Bank of Bloomfield

Main Street Office
101 E. Franklin
Bloomfield, Iowa

Historic 1899 Bank with ornate tin ceiling and arched brick corner entry with pediment.

2) Mesker Brothers Group

103-112 E. Franklin & 202 S. Madison
Bloomfield, Iowa

Unique group of “Meskers” mail order metal facades constructed in the late 1800s.

Mesker Brothers Group
Duckworth Bakery

3) Duckworth Bakery

111 S. Washington
Bloomfield, Iowa

Great preserved example of vernacular architecture. Arches, cast columns, decorative corbelling and gothic style windows.

4) The Iowa Theatre

107 S. Washington
Bloomfield, Iowa

Distinctive early 1900’s theater that is still in operation. Features Art Deco Carrara glass façade and neon marquee.

The Iowa Theatre
The Exchange Bank/IOOF Lodge

5) The Exchange Bank/IOOF Lodge

113-114 E. Jefferson
Bloomfield, Iowa

The only surviving three story structures on the square. The original home of the Odd Fellows and first Rebekah Lodge in the world.

6) North side “Mesker”/
Studebaker Buggy

105-6 E. Jefferson & 105 S. Madison
Bloomfield, Iowa

Ornate Mesker Bros. facade and Buggy factory building with impressive brick corbelling.

North side “Mesker”/Studebaker Buggy
Taylor’s Opera House

7) Taylor’s Opera House

101-111 S. Madison
Bloomfield, Iowa

Restored 1874 Victorian era entertainment venue boasting arched storefront windows and original tin ceilings.

8) Davis County Courthouse

100 Courthouse Square
Bloomfield, Iowa

The pride of Davis County. Considered one of the greatest examples of Second Empire architecture in the nation —built in 1877.

Davis County Courthouse