Nich and Rebecca Lohman didnt plan to buy a home on the National Register of Historic Places. They just needed a large house and fast.
The couple moved to Iola in 2007 and needed a house with plenty of bedrooms for five children. They planned to buy a different house near Iola High School, but were surprised to discover it was sold to someone else one month before they moved. Their options were limited but they reached a deal to purchase the imposing two-and-a-half story Northrup House, with its distinctive elliptical tower, pyramidal roof with three gables, second-story sleeping porch, stained glass windows and nine-tone color scheme, at the corner of East and Cottonwood streets.
The day the Lohmans moved in, Iola experienced one of its worst floods in history. Much to the familys surprise, displaced residents had to be turned away as they sought shelter at the Northrup House, which had operated as a bed and breakfast under its previous owner. A month later, a couple showed up with luggage, ready for vacation; they didnt know about the ownership change, either.