Prior to building the Howes Building, E.M. Howes and his brother owned a jewelry store, featuring watches (as above) gems, and freshwater
Mississippi River Pearls.

EM Howes &
Parade Carriage

Howes Generations

"Howes Building Opens"
article from 1900

EM Howes
Grand Tour

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The Howes Building
Built in 1900 by
E.M. (Edward Madison) Howes
link to Howes Generations
E.M., Edward & Larry Howes
About the Howes Building
link to Howes Building History
The Howes Building was built in 1900 by E.M. Howes, local jeweler, realtor & developer.

Exerpts from the State Historical Society of Iowa listing of the National Register of Historic Places in 2004:
National Register of Historic Places - The Howes Building
419-425 Second Street South, Clinton

The turn-of-the-century Howes Building in Clinton is significant for its association with Edward Howes, a prominent citizen and relentless promoter of his community. After purchasing a prime lot in downtown Clinton, Howes hired friend and local architect Josiah Rice to design a three-story Classic Revival style building. Construction was complete in 1900, but it quickly became apparent that more space was needed. In 1905, a fourth story was added and that same year, the newspaper declared the Howes building “one of the finest and most commodious blocks to be found in Eastern Iowa.” The contributions of Edward Howes to the City of Clinton are evident through local historical annals. He was a two-year mayor of the City of Clinton, a member of the Board of Directors of the Clinton YMCA, and a Knighted Commander of the Court of Honor by the Scottish Rite Masons.

Excerpts from the Clinton Herald by Warren Kitts - Oct. 23, 2004
"Renovation of the Howes building
will begin in about three weeks
That comment came from Sam Erickson, vice president of Community Housing Initiatives immediately after a project launch ceremony late Friday morning October 23, 2004. The $2.7 million Howes project will restore the facade and convert the upper three stories of the building into 19 one-and two-bedroom affordable apartment units. Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce President Dennis Lauver greeted guests to the invitation-only ceremony, held on the fourth floor of the building. Lauver thanked Downtown Partnership Director Steve Bamman for his leadership and work over the last several years. Bamman and other officials have created an environment that has led to the private and public sector investing in the downtown area, Lauver said, and through those efforts said "we're starting to see the rebirth of downtown buildings."
Lauver said the Howes family should be commended and congratulated for its vision, participation, and agreement to work with CHI, the state of Iowa and others to make "today" happen. Lauver also thanked elected officials, Iowa Sens. Bryan Sievers, R-New Liberty, and Roger Stewart, D-Preston, Iowa Rep. Polly Bukta, D-Clinton, and the Clinton City Council for their efforts in the project. Clinton Mayor LaMetta Wynn, speaking on behalf of the city, expressed gratitude to the Howes family for undertaking the project. Consultants told city officials years ago that when retail business left the downtown area, they should be replaced with housing, Wynn said
Mayor LaMetta Wynn and Steve Howes capped the ceremony by driving sledgehammers through the second floor walls of the building.

Iowa Finance Authority awarded tax credits to Community Housing Initiative to develop affordable housing in the upper floors of the Howes Building. R & S Properties initiated re-development of the Ankeny Building. Fašade committee opened the grant application process to encourage revitalization of downtown buildings. The development of quality affordable housing in under-utilized upper floors of buildings is under-way with the recent $3.2 million redevelopment of the Van Allen Building. The Howes Building is next in line for renovation. Approximately $2 million will be invested to create 19 new apartments.

Van Allen Building History

The neighboring Van Allen Department Store building
designed by Louis Sullivan is one of twenty three national
historic landmarks in Iowa.

wikipedia link to Van Allen Building History
Community Housing Initive link to
Van Allen Building History



Phillip Howes
became a resident of
Clinton, Iowa
in 1859

From 1879 History of Clinton County by L. P. Allen

PHILIP HOWES, proprietor of Howes' Nurseries and Gardens, Camanche avenue; is a native of Bristol, England, and came to America when only 6 years of age; he lived in Schuylkill Co., Penn., until 1849, then lived in Indiana three years and returned to Pennsylvania, and, on the 2d of March, 1852, he married Esther Waters, and they came to Chicago the same year; he lived there and in Aurora, Ill., until 1855, and was in the employ of the C., B. & Q. R. R. he came to Clinton in 1859 and ran on the Chicago, Iowa & Nebraska Railroad; he continued in the train-service of the railroad until June, 1872, when he gave it up and engaged in the fruit and nursery business; he owns thirty-six acres of land, finely improved with fruit and ornamental trees and small fruits. Mr. Howes was left an orphan at an early age, and had to depend upon himself; he began railroading in 1849, and has succeeded by his own efforts; has held the offices of Town Trustee and Alderman. They have nine sons and two daughters-Edward M., Archie F., Thomas, William, Philip, George W., Richard N., Benjamin, John Lewis, Elizabeth and Esther.



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