History


Cedar St. Suites came to fruition in 2006. This building was originally built in 1869 as a Methodist Church. The church was built on the block south of Central Community School (then Elkader Public School). The building then stood as a white frame church. At that location it also served as a schoolhouse. In 1898, it was moved to its present site, closer to downtown. Story has it the move took three weeks to go the two blocks with the aid of a team of horses and a "jack". The building was stuck in the mud for a week and a half a block away from its final destination.


In 1906 the building became the Frieden’s Evangelical church, and a brick veneer was installed. Frieden’s Evangelical moved to its current location in 1923 and is now Peace United Church of Christ. The building was sold in 1928 however it stood in the appearance of a church until the 1950’s.  Some of the furnishings were kept by that owner and placed in Witt’s Funeral Home, what is now Leonard Funeral Home. Many people and businesses made their home in the building over the next 40 years, including government offices, family physicians, and upstairs apartments.  We purchased the property in 2003.  Gradually we are restoring the building to proper honor.  We desire for many people to enjoy the peacefulness and simplicity of the building.  With that in mind we have been gradually converting our apartments into guest suites. Elkader has many buildings that have served a significant value in the history of the town.  Enjoy the scenery, shops, entertainment establishments, churches, and restaurants.  Thank you for your visit!