Established in 1988, SunnyBruch (Bruch like “truck”) Farm is located on 40 acres in Wapello County Iowa. Perched atop a hill providing a 360 degree view of the hillside, the curious concrete two-story farm house has been a topic of interest for nearly 100 years. The home, built at the turn of the century by Fred Fredrickson and his two sons, was an ambitious labor of love that took years to complete. The process of quarrying the rock and bringing sand from the northern riverbed in the brutal Iowan winter was no easy task, and some of the details can be heard in a recently-digitized interview with relative, H.G. Fredrickson which will be posted as the page continues to grow.
The greatest care continues to be taken in order to preserve the home’s historical integrity and uniqueness. Unique tin patterned ceilings in every room, hardwood floors restored to their original beauty, and leaded glass windows from the original frames have been re-hung in the first floor eastern windows. All windows are all nearly 6′ tall, with the main windows at the east being almost as wide, and the northeast and southeast corners angled and fitted with additional windows to provide a second story view of the countryside. The sunsets and sunrises are powerful, to say the least..
Once a bustling hog farm, the hills are now quiet with the faint rustling of native grasses, studded with morel mushrooms in the spring, rippling with corn in the summer, and blanketed with snow in the winter.
All fans, well-wishers, sight-seers, family of the Fredrickson family, and former-residents of the house are asked to sign up for the newsletter, peruse the various pictures, and submit any info, pictures, or stories they may have of the Fredrickson house. This page will continue to grow with your help and support. Thank you for stopping by, and best wishes from the SunnyBruch family.
If you would like to schedule a viewing of the house, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Sue Bruch 12736 237th Ave Ottumwa Iowa 52501.
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