The Urinals of Amana Colonies Visitor Center

"The Amana Colonies are a group of settlements of German Pietists in Iowa, USA, comprising seven villages". The visitor center photographed here is located in Amana, IA

Filed under: Landmarks

This picture was sent in by MG. He writes: "The visitors center is a corn crib that was converted into a [visitor] center, you can climb up and enter the cupola for a scenic view of the [Amana] colony. A corn crib is a building resembling a machine shed, except instead of solid walls it usually has slatted walls. Not only is it for holding corn, but also other grain and less perishable produce. Usually, there's also a solid walled hallway running the center length of the building, so it's shape is somewhat like a hall within a hall. The inner hall was converted into the visitor's center with the receptionist's desk and information, while the outer part used for storing the corn was empty except for a few chairs. The building would be filled by conveyors running from the ground up into the cupola. The Amana Colonies is a group of 7 towns founded in 1854 by German immigrants. It is now known today as a popular tourist attraction as well as the home of the factory where appliances of the same name are made. The main town and largest is Amana with the others being Middle Amana, High Amana, East Amana, West Amana, South Amana, and Homestead."