The 2022 Amana Arts Guild Holiday Haus Tour will take place on Saturday, December 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, December 4, from 1 to 4 p.m. Tickets are $25 per house and will be available at each house during tour hours, or at the Maine Gallery, Amana. For full details, visit amanaartsguild.com/haustour
This year’s homes include the Ron and Vicki Conley home, the Suzanne and Jeff Conquest home, the Katie and Bryce Steckly home, and the Bill and Kristie Yoder home. Also included is the Amana Heritage Society’s Ruedy House, as well as refreshments at Gallery on Main.
Homeowners share previews of their homes below.
Ron and Vicki Conley’s house
3010 Trail 220, Central Secretariat
“We are very pleased to be the second owner of our 1955 Cape Cod-style home, which John Witten built for Lester and Betty Rind,” the homeowners note. Ron and Vicki completely renovated the home, adding storage areas, enlarging the entryways (new oak doors and woodwork), completely renovating the kitchen and bathroom, and laying tiles, among other updates.
When the interior was finished and ready to move in, Ron took his talents and added to his favorite category: a 24′ by 36′ garage for his wood shop and to house his old car. During their 58 years of marriage, the couple acquired and restored family heirlooms and antique wicker pieces. Antiques blend 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 ornaments to honor Bill Metz’s friend, tinsmith. Unique lace accents adorn windows throughout the home. The house is decorated inside and out for Christmas, plus an extra surprise in the garage.
Susan and Jeff Conquest’s home
621 46th Street, Amana
The Al-Fath house is a former kitchen house and residence dating back to the Collective era. This spacious home is located in the heart of Main Amana where The Rusty Tractor currently occupies the sandstone portion, with personal residence in the remainder. The property has undergone extensive renovations in the last four years.
Although the renovations require many modern updates, if you look closely, you’ll see original late-19th-century detailing throughout the home. Maintaining its original purpose, the kitchen is a cook’s delight with a huge island and hidden pantry. The bedrooms are designed with comfortable sitting areas and suites. Dressed in Christmas attire with nearly a dozen trees, this home brings the season to life with warmth, charm, and a little bit of Southern hospitality from the owners.
Katie and Bryce Stickley’s home
3807 F Street – Amana
This wonderful family home was built in 1991. It has four bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms. The spacious living room, great room and study feature high ceilings and custom woodwork that give this home its safe charm. With a view of Lily Lake and one of the many Amana Society farm fields, the back deck is an important place where many meals and meetings are held. This home has undergone extensive renovations over the last two years including the kitchen, master bathroom and exterior.
The family enjoys celebrating all holidays especially Christmas, so this house is decorated in every room including six Christmas trees and many custom ornaments. The exterior also features many Christmas lights.
Bill and Kristi Yoder’s home
2610 J St, Middle Amana
Bill and Christy Yoder’s 1863 home has undergone several transformations since it was built as a multi-family residence. In the 1960s it housed Mary’s Gift Shop, a popular tourist stop. In the 1980s it became a dual property/tenant, which it remained until the Yoders bought it in 2010 and created a single family home.
The home features much of the original architecture along with warm colors and custom woodwork created by Bill’s Ramsey Creek Woodworks of Kalona. The Christmas decorations are a mix of family treasures and current finds from local stores. The house reflects the couple’s love of their family history and diverse interests.
For more information, contact the Art Guild at (319) 929-7810 or [email protected]