Primrose Mill

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Primrose Mill
Primrose Mill is located in Iowa
Primrose Mill
Primrose Mill is located in the United States
Primrose Mill
LocationCounty Road J56
Primrose, Iowa
Coordinates40°40′31″N 91°38′16″W / 40.67528°N 91.63778°W / 40.67528; -91.63778Coordinates: 40°40′31″N 91°38′16″W / 40.67528°N 91.63778°W / 40.67528; -91.63778
Arealess than one acre
ArchitectJ.B. Pierce
NRHP reference #83000383[1]
Added to NRHPMarch 17, 1983

Primrose Mill is a historic structure located in the unincorporated community of Primrose, Iowa, United States. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.[1] The steam powered flour mill was established in 1871 by J.W. Pierce. Pierce immigrated to the United States from Prussia in 1861 and settled in Primrose seven years later where he worked as a dry goods merchant. The mill provided both commercial and custom grinding. While it was in continuous operation into the 20th century, the mill experienced a rapid succession of operators during those years.[2]

The mill itself is a three-story, rectangular, brick structure capped with a combination gambrel-jerkinhead roof. It is built on a limestone foundation. A corbelled brick frieze with a dentil pattern and a corbelled cornice follows the eaves line around the building. The cornice is partly returned at each corner. A Gothic gable dormer with a tall arched window is centered on each side of the roof. Its founding and operation is associated with the German population of the village, which may also explain the high degree of craftsmanship and the attention to decorative details found on the building.[2]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  2. ^ a b James E. Jacobsen. "Primrose Mill" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2015-12-15.