S.S. Brinsmaid House

The S.S. Brinsmaid house was the earliest known Prairie Style house in Iowa. It was designed by architect Arthur A. Heun and built in 1901 on the northeast corner of 36th and Grand. Heun is known for designing many large mansions in the Chicago area. Unfortunately, the Brinsmaid house was demolished in 1971. 

Leaded glass French doors and light fixtures from the home are housed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. They were designed by Heun and manufactured by Giannini and Hilgart Glass Company.

The Historic American Buildings Survey describes the home's construction as being stucco over a wood frame with a brown brick veneer base. It was approximately 40'x 60', 2-story; gable roofs with wide overhang turned up at gables; central bays project slightly, 1-story porch with balcony above. Irregular plan; interior stained leaded glass french doors and light fixtures.

Sedgwick S. Brinsmaid came to Iowa from Vermont. He and his wife lived in the house until 1912 when they sold it along with his portion of a local china, glass, and silver store and moved to California.