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Cottage

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c. 1928. East side of Denmead Blvd., south of State St. W.

Though this dwelling seems to put on the pretense of being a French Norman cottage, it is in fact a good-sized suburban house. Even more than usual in period revival houses of the 1920s, the designer of this house has obviously enjoyed playing a game of scale. A miniaturized tower sits between the two wings; its upper windows are “correctly” proportioned, but then below, the front door returns us to normal scale (or perhaps the world of the giant). The brick and half-timber front gable has a balconied door, suggesting that the space within is between the first floor and the second floor. While the wing to the right of the entrance is small and low to the ground, it too is part of the game of scale, its small size countered with a large three-tier chimney.

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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim
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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Cottage", [Marshalltown, Iowa], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/IA-01-CE347.

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