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Roehl/Phillips Furniture Store

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1960, Phil Feddersen. 308 S. 2nd St.

In the decades of the 1950s and early 1960s, modernism, especially related to small commercial buildings, was remarkably varied. In the Roehl/Phillips building the architect has gone back to the early-twenties Modern style closely associated with the Dutch designer Willem Dudok. The front conveys a well-thought-out composition, which together with the company's lettering becomes a sign. On the ground level, Feddersen created a low, domestic scale with overhanging canopy and thick piers. Attached to the ends of the canopy are projecting stucco balconies with windows behind; a louvered rectangle of vents continues to the pencil-line cornice.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


What's Nearby


David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Roehl/Phillips Furniture Store", [Clinton, Iowa], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Iowa, David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993, 59-60.

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