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Woodin House

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1872. 118 W. Marion St.

The architectural high point in Sigourney is the Woodin house. Even though it is only one-and-a-half stories tall, it presents one of the boldest renditions of the Italianate/French Second Empire design within the state. The projecting brackets surrounding each of the dormer windows convey a crisp angular quality one associates with the designs of the Philadelphia architect Frank Furness. As these brackets proceed through the roof eave they become consoles that support the projecting gable roofs over each of the second-floor windows. The only appreciable change that has been made to the exterior of the house is the substitution of a turn-of-the-century Colonial Revival porch for the original Italianate design.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


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

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