Gardiner, Batchelder & Welles Lumber Company

Architectural Tour of Clinton

Gardiner, Batchelder & Welles Lumber Company

Clinton, Iowa 52732, United States

Created By: Matt Parbs


Gardiner, Batchelder & Welles Lumber Company, 86 31st Avenue North; 1880A one and one-half story building, it has stone foundations and brick walls with stone trim. The original porch was replaced by the present small one. Most of the windows have been replaced with brick infill to drop window heads to present height. Now vacant, the building was constructed as the office for the Gardiner, Batchelder and Welles Lumber Company and is of Queen Anne Style. The lumber mill went out of business in 1894 and the building served as the post office for subsequent businesses, including the Clinton Lock Company and the Pennsylvania Tire Company.Clinton Lock Company (Pennsylvania Tire Company), 78 31st Avenue North; c. 1896.Built on the site of the Gardiner, Batchelder and Welles Lumber Company, the Clinton Lock Company added several buildings in 1896, including this two-story brick building plus foundry and secondary building of brick with gable roofs and monitor clerestories. This brick building, fronting on 31st Avenue North, is a typical mill building of heavy timber and brick pier construction. About 1910, an addition was built, attached to the west.The complex is typical of turn-of-the-century industrial construction. The Clinton Lock Company was formed in 1896 and acquired the property of the Gardiner, Batchelder and Welles Lumber Company after the lumber mill closed in 1894. The Clinton Lock Company closed about 1960 and the Pennsylvania Tire Company occupied the premises until 1978. The complex of buildings is now vacant.

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