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Franson House

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1914. 319 Grant St.

This is a vigorous assertion of the Craftsman aesthetic. The one-and-a-half-story house has a light, floating roof that extends far out over the walls and is supported by brackets. Below, the concern of the designers seems to have been to reduce surfaces and volumes to basic rectilinear shapes. The lower walls are of brick carried up to the plate line of the second floor. The entrance/living porch, which extends across the entire face of the house, has a hipped roof supported by large square wood piers. On the two long sides of the house, the second-floor windows peer out of wall dormers covered by paper-thin roofs. The upper walls and the projecting bays exhibit a geometric pattern of half-timbering squares set into the stucco walls. In 1979 a single-floor addition was added to the house.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


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

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