Community Arts: Grinnell Walking Tour

Grinnell is filled with galleries, murals and architectural landmarks that tell the story of our community. This tour highlights some of the most beautiful and significant locations around Grinnell.

Grinnell Arts Center & Gallery
926 Broad St.

The gallery, located on the main floor of the former Stewart Library, features the work of local and regional artists with rotating exhibits each month.

Merchant's National Bank
833 4th Ave.

Designed by architect Louis Sullivan, this "Jewel Box" bank is a designated National Historic Landmark.. Tours are offered daily.

Danish Maid Bakery
818 4th Ave.

Hop across the street for some delicious baked goods and view the mural on the side of the building. Members of the Grinnell College Student Organization of Latinas and Latinos led this mural project to represent the growth of diversity in the community.

The Peppertree at the Depot Crossing
101 43rd Ave.
Great food and great views of the railroad crossing. Across the street at Central Park, you will find another colorful mural painted by college students and children from the community.

Faulconer Gallery
1108 Park St.

Head north to Grinnell College's Bucksbaum Center for the Arts. Faulconer Gallery, just inside the entrance, presents notable international, national and regional exhibits.

Print & Drawing Room
1111 6th Ave.

Home to Grinnell College's extensive art-on-paper collection, the room is located in the lower level of the Burling Library. View over 3,000 works on paper, ranging from prints by Francisco Goya to original Japanese scrolls.

Smith Gallery
1115 8th Ave.

Smith Gallery, located in the JRC Student Center, exhibits innovative contemporary art from Grinnell College students.

Ricker House
1501 Broad St.

Head north for another architectural landmark. Designed by Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin, the house was completed in 1912. It features many hallmarks of the mature Griffin style.

McNally's Foods
1021 Main St.

Stop by McNally's for a cool beverage, a bite to eat and a view of the indoor mural painted by Joe Lacina, co-director of a local artists' residency. The mural was installed in 2013 to celebrate the grocery store's new location.

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