Wickfield Sales Pavilion - 1
Visible to the south from Iowa Highway 2, about 2 miles east of Cantril. It was designed and built in 1918 by Alva Hunt of Pulaski, Iowa. Census records list Alva as a farmer in 1900, a carpenter in 1910, a house carpenter in 1920, and a building contractor in 1930. In 1917, he built the farmhouse where we live.
This building is truly round, about 50 feet in diameter, with walls of terra-cotta hole tile. It has a wood-shingled roof with 12 dormers (8 below and 4 above) and a large metal ventilator at the peak. Frank Silvers, the original owner, used the ground floor as a sales pavilion for his Hampshire hog farm. The second floor is divided into 8 guest rooms around a central hall. The third floor served as a card room and parlor. The basement had a kitchen and dining room. It is rumored that this place was also a “speakeasy” back in Prohibition days.
Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1986 (#86001447). The weathered sign out front says that it is under rehabilitation by the Van Buren County Historic Preservation Commission and interested citizens, but it doesn’t look like too much is happening right now. There is also a for sale sign out front. Not sure if that includes the barn or is just for the adjoining property. Worries me a little - I love this place!