Charles Manson, the Iowa jurist for whom this house was built, seems to have had a fondness for bay windows; there are four of them on the first floor, including one on a grand scale toward the garden side of the house. The mansard roof of this Second Empire house is so close to the horizontal that it reads as a roof only because of its shingle sheathing, its pattern of abbreviated gabled dormers, and the cornice below. The house is of the central hall type, with an extension to one side to accommodate a secondary entrance from the side street. The brick walls of the house are stuccoed; the trim is in cut stone.
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