2022 Holiday Haus Tour

2022 Holiday Haus Tour

December 3: 10am – 4pm

December 4: 1pm – 4pm

This year’s tour features four Amana homes, the Amana Heritage Society’s Ruedy House, and refreshments at the Gallery on Main. Please join us!

Tickets are $20 each and are available for sale online HERE, at every house during tour hours, or at the Gallery on Main.

An online map is available HERE, or can be picked up at the Gallery on Main or at the Visitors Center.

The Ron and Vicki Conley House | 3010 220th Trail, Middle Amana

We are extremely pleased to be the second owners of our 1955 Cape Cod style home, built by John Wejten for Lester and Betty Rind. Ron and Vicki have totally renovated the home: adding storage areas, widening doorways (new oak doors and woodwork), completely refreshing the kitchen and bath, and laying tile – to name a few.

When the interior was completed and move-in ready, Ron took his talents and added on his favorite segment: a 24′ x 36′ garage for his woodshop and to house his two vintage cars. in their 58 years of marriage, they have acquired and restored family heirlooms and antique wicker pieces. The antiques are blended with today’s furnishings, including items from Amana.

Two special items include a Christmas pyramid created by their daughter’s father-in-law, Ray Berger, and a tree with tin decorations to honor friend Bill Metz, the Tinsmith. Unique lace accents adorn windows throughout the house. The home is doecrated inside and out for Christmas, plus an extra surprise in the garage!

The Suzanne and Jeff Conquest House | 621 46th Ave, Amana

The Conquest home is a former kitchen house and residence of the communal era.  This expansive home sits in the heart of Main Amana where The Rusty Tractor currently occupies the sandstone portion, with a personal residence in the remainder.  The property has undergone extensive renovations in the last four years.  Though renovations required many modern updates, if you look closely, you will see original late 1800s details throughout the home.  Keeping true to its original purpose, the kitchen is a cook’s delight with a massive island and hidden walk-in pantry.  The bedrooms are designed with comfortable seating areas and en suites.  Dressed for Christmas with nearly a dozen trees, this home brings the season alive with warmth, charm, and a fair bit of the owners’ southern hospitality.

The Katie and Bryce Steckly House | 3807 F St, Amana

3807 F Street is a wonderful family home that was built in 1991. It features four bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms. Its spacious living room, great room, and office feature high ceilings and custom woodwork that give this home its Amana charm. With a view of the Lily Lake and one of the many Amana Society farm fields, the back deck is a valued spot where many meals and get-togethers are held. This house has undergone widespread renovations over the past two years including the kitchen, master bathroom, and exterior.

The family enjoys celebrating all the holidays, especially Christmas, so this home has been decorated in every room including six Christmas trees and many custom decorations. The exterior also features many Christmas lights.

The Bill and Kristie Yoder House | 2610 J St, Middle Amana
The 1863 built home of Bill and Kristie Yoder has undergone several transformations since it was built as a multi-family dwelling. In the 1960’s it housed Marie’s Gift Shop, a popular tourist stop. In the the 1980’s it became a duplex/rental property, and remained as such until the Yoders purchased it in 2010 and created a single family home. The house features much of the original architecture along with warm colors and custom wood work created by Bill’s company Ramsey Creek Woodworks of Kalona. The Christmas decorations are a combination of family treasures and current finds from local shops. The home reflects the couple’s love of their family history and their varied interests.
The Amana Heritage Society’s Ruedy Kitchen | 1003 26th Ave, Middle Amana
Built in 1863, the “Rüdy Küche” (Ruedy Kitchen) is the only intact communal kitchen remaining in the Amanas. During the communal era, families did not cook for themselves. Instead, elders assigned them to eat in one of the village kitchens. Each kitchen served 40-50 people. The Ruedy family preserved the kitchen as it appeared in 1932 when it served community members for the last time and opened it as a museum in the 1950s. Visitors can see the kitchen with the large brick hearth, the dry sink with its wooden tubs, and the original implements used to prepare meals.
Questions? Contact the Arts Guild at: (319) 929-7810 or info@amanaartsguild.com