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Pratt House

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1885. 503 Melrose Ave.

This brick Italianate house with a wide gable roof was built like a number of others in Iowa City, but much too late. Paired brackets support the gable and eave overhang of the low-pitched roof. The voussoirs and the keystone of the arched windows are accentuated in light-colored stone. Sometime in the early 1900s a substantial Colonial Revival porch with Ionic columns was added to the house. Other additions have also been made, but it all holds together very well.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


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

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