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Crowell Apartments

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pre-1905, 1906, Proudfoot and Bird. 665–671 17th St.
  • Crowell Apartments (David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim)

According to the building permits for this project, there was as existing frame residence that disappeared within the present 12–unit apartment building. What appears to be a pair of independent buildings hides behind one of Iowa's most impressive facades. Each section of the building has a porch with two-story Ionic columns; above and behind the flat porch roofs arise elaborate scalloped gable ends. Between the building sections is a sumptuous double entrance door contained under a single broken entablature. Behind this wonderful frontispiece inspired by classical architecture are four good-sized apartments, one to a floor. The sense of dignity conveyed by the building is enhanced by the gray glazed brick and the similar colored caststone trim used to sheathe the walls.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Crowell Apartments", [Des Moines, Iowa], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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