....at least, it could have been, depending on your altitude, and had this structure not been built quite up to specifications.
Built in 1871 by Sandford Hooper. It was bought in 1886 by Samuel Bowler, who added rooms and a two-story outhouse to accommodate his large family. The Alfred Hillstrom family moved into the house in 1901. They lived there until 1975 when it was purchased by the Belle Plaine Historical Society.
The outhouse is no joke, it has three toilets on each floor, and is connected to the main building with a screened walkway. The toilets upstairs sit a bit farther back so that the um....well, you get the picture. The outhouse is no longer in use because of safety concerns.
The house has been restored and furnished in three periods: 1980's, Late Victorian, and early 1900's to depict what a home in Belle Plaine may have looked like in those times, and is open for visitors and tours 1:00-4:00 p.m. every Sunday from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and other times by appointment.