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Baarda House and Shrine

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1954. Iowa 163, at the western city limits

Here one encounters a wondrous house and shrine dedicated to “God's victory over evil.” The house and shrine are really one, and they are pure folk follies of the mid-1950s. The configuration of the house is that of a two-story box with a shed roof, from which project all sorts of wood ornament, fin walls, porches, and even an attached garage. At the street corner of the house is a thin Gothic Revival arched niche, which effectively introduces the onlooker to the underlying religious theme of the house and shrine.

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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim
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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Baarda House and Shrine", [Pella, Iowa], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/IA-01-CE398.

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