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YWCA Building

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1912, Shattuck and Shussey. c. 1948. 409 N. 4th St.

Until the advent of modernism after World War II, the image employed for YWCAs was generally quite different from that for YMCAs. Designers of YWCA buildings tended to look to domestic images that at the time were thought to be more “feminine” than the more institutional look usually reserved for the YMCAs. Burlington's YWCA, with its Palladian-like round-arched windows, rows of dormers directly above the cornice, and columned, arched entrance, looks to the English Georgian town house for its inspiration. The building was erected in two stages, the northern section built after 1945. This later stage was remarkable for the time because it basically carried on the domestic theme of the earlier red brick and stone-trimmed structure. To evaluate the different approaches to the Ys, one might go to 712 North Fourth Street to compare the YMCA building of 1912.

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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "YWCA Building", [Burlington, Iowa], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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