The Lansing House

The Lansing House, built in 1870 by Mississippi River boat captain Jeremiah Turner, was designed to take in the beauty of America’s River while withstanding the passing of the years. You will marvel at the craftsmanship as you discover charming touches around every corner… from imported Italian tile and California redwood to a Tiffany glass fish motif chandelier. In 2014, we returned the home to its original green hue while enhancing its Victorian detail, including hand painting over 100 brackets along the roof line.

The home sits near the base of the Black Hawk Bridge, named after the Sac Indian chief Black Hawk, which was completed in 1931. Windows run along the front sitting room and grand living room to take in the stunning seasonal views of the main river channel and the neighboring bluffs of Wisconsin.

With a complete kitchen for preparing large meals and lots of open space for entertaining and socializing, the Lansing House is great for family reunions, birthday celebrations, weekend getaways, and more.


Hosts & History

The Lansing House is owned by Monte and Mollie Marti, both natives of Northeast Iowa. We initially bought the property to enjoy with our children and host family holidays. We are committed to steward this property while sharing it as a gathering space for those who will appreciate its unique history.

The home’s builder, Captain Jeremiah Turner, wrote a book, Memories of a Raft Pilot, about his life on the river from 1858-1903. He went on to establish the first button factory in Lansing, making buttons from Mississippi River clam shells. Visitors to the Lansing House will enjoy photos and writings about the Captain and his grand home. History buffs may enjoy getting started with these articles:

We invite you to enjoy the beauty of the seasons in this tranquil retreat and thank you for helping us care for this historical property.



The house is fully stocked with everything you’ll need to make your stay pleasant. You bring the guests and provisions; we’ll provide the furnishings and setting.  Our full list of amenities includes:

Fully stocked Kitchen:

  • Table and 6 chairs
  • Stove/Oven
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Pots and pans, serving dishes, bake ware, utensils
  • Cooking staples such as select dried herbs, cooking oil, baking supplies, teas and coffee
  • Specialty implements including coffee maker, toaster oven, toaster, blender, French coffee press
  • Cookbook library


Living room:

  • Three sofas, 3 large chairs
  • Electric fireplace
  • Large screen TV with DVD Player
  • CD Player/Radio
  • Assorted DVDs and CDs
  • Games and playing cards
  • Books and magazine s


Formal Dining Room:

  • Dining Table with 8 chairs
  • Serving buffet
  • Seating cove for 8
  • Highlighted with Tiffany fish-motif chandelier


Sleeping Accommodations with four furnished Bedrooms – sleeps up to 12

  • Pillows and linens
  • Master Room includes king size bed plus air mattresses available
  • Rooms two includes queen size bed
  • Room three includes queen size bed
  • Room four, with its own entry, includes queen size bed and extra queen mattress


Three fully furnished Bathrooms

  • One shower, one bath tub/hand shower
  • Basic toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Curling iron


Outdoor Relaxation

  • Enclosed front sitting room with seating
  • Front patio  with table seating
  • Front yard seating with scenic views of the Mississippi River
  • Screened back porch with table seating
  • Electric/charcoal grill and supplies


Additional Amenities & Comforts

  • Upstairs hall library with river view seating
  • Downstairs and upstairs air conditioner
  • Standing fan in each bedroom
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • All linens and towels provided

Special Care Notes

  • Smoking indoors not allowed
  • Sorry, we are unable to accommodate pets
  • Guests are responsible for damages (refundable deposit required)

Please note the house is situated on a hillside and there are several steps to access the front door. Back door access is level. Four bedrooms and two bathrooms require stairs. This retreat house does not have cable television, internet or a LAN phone line. Best cell phone service is US Cellular and Verizon. AT&T service can be limited.