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Pahl Building

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c. 1916, Gus Ladehoff, designer/builder. 402–406 S. 2nd St.

Terracotta sheathing used to face commercial buildings enjoyed great popularity during the years 1900 through 1930. A creamy white glazed terracotta has been employed in the two-story Pahl building. This surface has been delicately enriched by three narrow horizontal bands of Sullivanesque ornament. The cornice has another band together with a cartouche that projects above the parapet. The design of this cartouche seems directly derived from the designs of Sullivan's associate, George Grant Elmslie. Another, smaller two-story commercial building with Sullivanesque ornament is the Charles Koons Building (c. 1919) situated at 512 South Second Street. Both buildings have suffered from modernization on their ground floors.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Pahl Building", [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, 60-60.

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