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History of Halcyon House

Dedicated to innovation, Halcyon House has been a leader in transforming the aging experience. Through the years, Halcyon House has continued to bring the most relevant amenities and lifestyle choices to Washington County residents.

Halcyon House History Timeline

1955 - First two-story building constructed.

1959 - Halcyon House Grand Opening.

1960 - Halcyon House in Washington, Iowa, joins Wesley Retirement Services. It includes a nursing wing  and 20 independent apartments.

1973 - Expansion: Halcyon 1 Apartment building was completed with 25 Independent Living apartments.

1976 - Expansion: Halcyon adds second apartment building and health center addition.

1977 - Expansion: Health Center expansion completed.

1979 - Expansion: Apartment building 3 completed for an independent living total of 84 apartment homes. Morrison Center is completed for common area meeting space; Named for local attorney Edmund Dunham Morrison and his wife, Kathleen Morrison.

1983 - Renovation: Major renovation included a new kitchen area, expanded dining and living room, library and administrative offices.

1985 - Renovation: Health Center was enlarged and refurbished.

1991 - Expansion: Duplex home construction completed.

1992 - Expansion: Second duplex home construction completed.

1996 - Expansion: Sitler Center for Helpful Living opens, adding 9 assisted living apartments; dedicated to Bill and Hazel Sitler for their generosity and goodness.

1996 - Day Lounge dedicated to founding members of Halcyon House, Robert and Cornelia Day.

2000 - Timmins Dining Room was named for Harold and M. Jean Timmins for their generous contribution. Also: For expansion purposes, duplex home adjacent to Halcyon property is purchased.

2007 - Expansion: Arborwood assisted living memory support is completed.

The First in Iowa: WesleyLife offers the first state-of-the-art assisted living memory support house in Iowa, offering a true residential care model dedicated to memory support. Arbor House boasts 16 private bedroom suites.

2007 - Expansion & Renovation: Renovation and addition of a complete wellness center, Marshall Game Room, Epworth Chapel and the Applewood Bistro.

2008 - Renovation: Coffee shop and internet cafe renovated adjacent to Diana's Place, the Halcyon House library, for a warm,  friendly gathering space for residents, friends, and family.

2011 - Expansion: Lending Hands Adult Day Center joins WesleyLife 

2012 - Expansion: WesleyLife at Home is established.

2015 - In June, Halcyon House broke ground on a project to replace the health center with four households that will provide long-term health care, short-term rehabilitation, and memory support. 

2017 - Expansion: Residents move into healthcare households. Each resident now enjoys a private suite.

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