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Prairie Creek Christian Church

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c. late 1870s, later. Iowa 150 north and east of Vinton, 3 miles

The church was established in 1858, but the present building was constructed some 20 years later. Projecting in one direction from the central octagon is an entrance wing with a hipped roof and a tower; a large rear wing, also with a hipped roof, issues forth in the other direction with its own tower and chimney. The building is sheathed in clapboard, and the only hint at style is the open lantern of the entrance tower. The detailing at this point is Eastlake. It all adds up to what we usually think of as Carpenter's Gothic at its best.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Prairie Creek Christian Church", [Vinton, Iowa], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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