About Us

Welcome to Colonial White House!

Byron and I read an article in Old House Journal about the National Register of Historic Places.  We decided to write to the state historic department and request an information packet.  After receiving it and realizing that our house could qualify, we began our quest.

The house qualifies under the category of architecture.  We began reading, comparing, and writing a detailed description of the house from the outside in and the basement up.  Every detail and architectural element has to be documented.  It was somewhat less complicated because the house had maintained all of its original features.  The only things changed were the shake shingles removed and the back porch enclosed. 


The total process took about a year and a half.  We submitted 3 different drafts which included black and white pictures, color slides, maps, drawing of the house and its rooms, and history.  After hearing from the historic committee that our house was to be approved, the final step was to present it to the board for final nomination to the National Historic Register.  This was a thrill for Byron and I to accomplish this ourselves and we our proud to display the certificate in our home and the bronze plaque on the front porch.


We have three children now grown, out of college, and married.  They have blessed us with 9 grandchildren.  We started our bed and breakfast when all of them were living at home.  It has been a great experience, welcoming guests into our house, meeting all different professions from almost all of the 50 states and a few foreign countries.  We look forward to having you share our home and meet our family.

We are proud of Clarinda and our home and are anxious to share both with you.  We look forward to your reservation!


For more information please contact us!

Byron and Gail Barr
400 North 16th / Glenn Miller Avenue
Clarinda, Iowa 51632
(712) 542-5006 ~ (712) 254-3765

Email:  colwhitehousebb@mchsi.com


You're in for a special time at
Colonial White House
Bed and Breakfast!