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Master Planning*
Civil Site Design
MEPT Design
Structural Analyses
*With Another Firm
Brian Boelk
Mike Welch
Joe Lomheim
Kevin McLaughlin
Jared Ringsdorf

The Johnson County Historic Poor Farm is one of the few remaining relatively intact examples of the county farm model established in the 19th Century. 

First opened in 1855 to care for the indigent, the developmentally disabled and the mentally ill, this historical resource provides an unique educational and interpretive opportunity for visitors to learn about Iowa’s method of using its plentiful agricultural resources in efforts to care for the poor and mentally ill. The concept of the Poor Farm reflected the prevailing attitude that fresh air and work would be good for the “poor unfortunates.” The farm was to be self-supporting and residents were expected to do farm chores to the extent of their abilities. This structure made sense, as many residents had previous farm experience and their labor helped compensate the County for their care

Axiom Consultants is working in tandem with Iowa Valley RC&D and our friends at RDG Planning and Design to complete a design of a new South Shed Facility as well as completion of existing conditions reports for many of the additional buildings.  Previously our staff worked on the historic West Barn rehabilitation.  


Iowa City, IA
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