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Francis House

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1893. 4140 Grand Ave.

This low-profile stone “mansion” boasts a front dominated by two circular three-story towers with conical roofs. While the house seems to be generally French Châteauesque in style, the detailing conveys the impression of classical restraint. Beside the recessed entrance porch between the two towers, there is a pattern of two groups of stepped windows that mirror the principal staircases of the interior.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


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

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