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Col. W. T. Shaw House

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c. 1855. South end of Oak St.
  • Col. W. T. Shaw House (David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim)

The banker W. T. Shaw selected a magnificent hilltop site overlooking the city and the Wapsipinicon River valley. Upon this he constructed a large brick Italianate house. Its high square tower, placed within an ell, not only commands a wonderful view but dominates the house and site as well. With its extensive landscaped grounds and secondary buildings, this house constitutes one of the great country estates of Iowa. While a few changes have been made in the house (a Colonial Revival entrance porch replaces the original one, and the brick walls have been painted), it all remains beautifully intact.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Col. W. T. Shaw House", [Anamosa, Iowa], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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