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A Folly

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c. 1920. On the grounds of Mount Mercy College, near northeast corner of 17th St. and K Ave. N.E.

The Ten Commandments are memorialized in a templelike pavilion composed of a tile-and-quartzite base from which rise primitive columns supporting a Romanesque-inspired sequence of arches. The composition culminates in a sphere coated in brilliant colors—red, blue, green, and shimmering gold. Nearby one will discover a second folly, an arched rock grotto.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "A Folly", [Cedar Rapids, Iowa], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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