Historical Society of

Pottawattamie County

County Seat Council Bluffs, Iowa


     The house at 517 Fourth Street in Council Bluffs was built for Jean and Inez Bregant, who were respectively 45 and 42 inches tall.  The couple worked as sales and promotional representatives for the nationally-popular Woodward Candy factory.

     The interior of their home was specially designed to accomodate the physical stature of its occupants.  The fireplace mantle was to other people about waist-high.  The china cabinet, light switches, doorknobs, windows, bathtub, thermostat and other features were also scaled to meet their needs.

     To ensure the survival of this unique part of local history the house was purchased by Preserve Council Bluffs and has been refurbished.  The house is part of the annual Historic Homes for the Holidays tour in December; plans are to open for regular tours in Spring, 2018.