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Voorhees House

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1871. Iowa 163, 4 miles south of the city limits

The John Voorhees house was illustrated on page 232 of Andreas's 1875 Atlas. It was depicted as a large Italianate dwelling with French Second Empire overtones. It was placed upon a gentle rise, which helped to increase its vertical dominance of the site. Its most assertive feature was its steeply pitched roof similar to a mansard roof (bearing the date 1871 on one side, and the initials J.V. on the north side, both realized in slate shingles) with a broad bracketed cornice and an entablature emblazoned with medallionlike oval windows. In form the house is T-shaped, with a two-and-a-half-story main section and a one-and-a-half-story service wing to the rear. The entrance porch, supported by decorative wood piers, was carried across the front of the house and extended to meet the wall of one of its wings. Except for its pronounced quoining and a little stone detailing, the house is of brick.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


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

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