The Blue Heron Knittery is housed in this historic building.
FOR SOMEONE LIKE ME who delights in historic buildings, the northeastern Iowa river town of Decorah offers an ideal destination for viewing an abundance of aged architecture.
If you’re of Norwegian ancestry, which I’m not, you’ll especially enjoy Decorah. Be ware the trolls and gnomes.
But downtown Decorah is about so much more. It’s about Norwegians and shopping and a river town with a distinct personality. This weekend, July 25 – 27, Decorah celebrates its annual Nordic Fest. Click here to learn more.
That said, here’s Part III in my photo tour of downtown Decorah:
Numerous buildings feature sweet little balconies.
A side street off the main route through downtown.
So much variation in building design and height.
Love this original signage on the old screen door that bangs behind you at La Rana, a charming restaurant.
Vanberia, where you can shop for all things Norwegian.
This art, in the entry of the Westby-Torgerson Education Center, celebrates the Norwegian heritage.
I noticed Santa in this second story window.
Shopping for antiques and collectibles in the basement of Eckheart Gallery.
Look close for remnants of the past.
FYI: Click here to view a previous downtown post. Click here to view a post on Storypeople. And click here to see a local favorite ice cream spot, The Whippy Dip, which is near downtown.
Watch for more posts from Decorah.
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