Application for the National Historic Registry of Places follows three pieces of criteria—historic background, historic context, and historic integrity—explained through one criterion of significance that focuses on a person, an architect, construction, a date, or an event. The “Pal House,” located across from Palisades-Kepler State Park on the Cedar River, falls under the rubric “significant type of construction,” Tudor Revival, and was built in 1935 by Mr. Howard Hall, of Brucemore (Mansion) fame in Cedar Rapids. The house is one of the outstanding surviving remnants of the 1920s and 30s vacation destination, the Palisades. The search for the house’s history began at the Iowa Assessor’s Office and the Linn County Recorder’s Office to obtain the necessary records proving the house, in fact, belonged to Mr. Howard Hall. Once proven, photographs and documents helped gain insight on the property’s use, all collected from Brucemore Mansion, Cornell College Archives, and interviews. By researching the Palisades region and the history of the Pal House, a National Registry Nomination is within close reach. This presentation will tell the story of this amazing house.
Hattie Wagner, ’12
Majors: History, Individualized Archaeology
Sponsor: John Gruber-Miller