Sartori, Sr. came to Cedar Falls in the late 1850s. He was
a native German, only 24 years of age, but a skilled mason
and stonecutter. He soon established himself as a successful
contractor and real estate investor. He later served as
vice president of the State Bank of Cedar Falls. Sartori
purchased the land for this house from Dempsey Overman and
Edwin Brown. He began work in the late 1860s, doing all
the masonry himself.
The house is
considered a late Gothic Revival, although it shows some
Italianate influence. The arches above the windows are made
of iron, though such arches were usually made of stone.
They fit so carefully they resemble wood. The beautiful
wooden filigree of the gables is one of the best local examples
of this architectural detail.
Inside, the original
entry hall is still graced by a curving black walnut staircase.
The living room to the left as you come in features a white
Italian marble fireplace. Refurbished beginning in 1993,
renovations continue. The house is a private residence.
in Cedar Falls was built in honor of Sartori and his wife,
Theresa. Their son, Joseph Jr., a prominent Los Angeles
banker, saw to it that his father's bequest of $25,000 was
used for construction of the original hospital building
In addition to
the house and hospital, another reminder of the Sartori’s
is a bell that hangs in Cedar Falls' Trinity United Methodist
Church. The bell with the name "Sartori" cast
in it was the result of Mrs. Sartori's dying request to