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Rumple House

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1908. 314 E. Fairchild St.

A popular house type within the Colonial Revival of the 1890s through the 1900s was one that used the gambrel roof. Generally, as in the case of the Rumple house, the gabled end faces the street. To dramatize even more the effect of the gabled end, it was often projected as a volume out and over the floor below. In the Rumple house this is accomplished by having an angled bay to one side, and then an open porch on the other side. The architect made the gambrel roof more complex here by carrying a cornice across the roof at the point where the two slopes meet, and then projecting this cornice as a return onto the gable front. In plan, modest examples such as this have an entry porch, entry, and stairway to one side, and then the living room and dining room ranged down the other side.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


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

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