Warren Cultural Center
With its copper turret towering high above the Greenfield Square for more than a century the Warren Cultural Center anchors Greenfield’s booming historic town center.
The 26,000 square foot center for art, culture and commerce features a gallery, auditorium, guest suite and private meeting rooms, all painstakingly restored to the glory days of the E.E. Warren Opera House. The Warren Cultural Center hosts exhibits and performances as well as educational opportunities. Adair County ISU Extension and Outreach and Empowering Adair County Foundation are located in the center. Most other spaces in the facility are rentable for private use.
Ed & Eva’s offers creations by Iowa artists in the street level storefront originally occupied by Warren Dry Goods Store. Two of the buildings that comprise the center, the E.E. Warren Opera House and the Hetherington Building, are on the National Register of Historic Places. The Warren Cultural Center received a 2012 Preservation Iowa first place “Preservation at its Best Award” for adaptive use.
Hotel Greenfield is a restored 1920s hotel that offers boutique lodging for 21st Century guests. With meeting facilities and 20 guest rooms, the hotel provides modern amenities amid original historic features.
A full-service courtyard patio serves the hotel and the adjoining restaraunt located in the former Adair County Free Press building. Both the Free Press Building and Hotel Greenfield are on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Greenfield Square is a Lancaster Square, in which the incoming streets connect to the center of the block and alleys run from the corners of the block. Lancaster Squares are very unique. Greenfield’s is one of only a few in the United States. A streetscape project to upgrade infrastructure and landscape the downtown area was completed in 2007.
Iowa Aviation Museum
Vintage aircraft and aviation artifacts celebrate the early days of flight in Iowa at the Iowa Aviation Museum. Among the planes on exhibit are a 1929 Stearman, a 1931 Kari Keen, and a 1928 Curtiss Robin, the oldest Curtiss Robin known to exist. The museum is located at the Greenfield Municipal Airport one mile north of Greenfield, and provides a conference room and Aviation Library.
The museum is also home to the Iowa Aviation Hall of Fame, which honors Iowa’s aviation pioneers. Annual inductions bring to life the men and women who have made significant contributions to the world of aviation. Inductees include Clarence Chamberlain, the first pilot to fly a passenger across the Atlantic Ocean; Ellen Church Marshall, the first Airline Stewardess; and the twelve Iowan members of The Tuskegee Airmen.