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Radio Station KCOB

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c. 1938. 611 1st Ave. E.

The Anglo-Colonial Revival popular in the east was the “in” image during the depression years of the 1930s. One of the stimulants of that revival was the restoration/rebuilding of Colonial Williamsburg. The architect of this two-story house (now a radio station) looked directly to Williamsburg for his inspiration. His specific source was the late eighteenth-century James Semple house, but he took a number of liberties with that source, broadening the horizontal proportions of the center section and its entrance porch, and placing the house directly on the ground, with no visible foundation. These and other changes have brought the building up to date, conveying a fairly modern image.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Radio Station KCOB", [Newton, Iowa], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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