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Walter E. Bort's Stone Tower Studio

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c. 1923–1953, Walter E. Bort. 722–732 S. 12th St.
  • Walter E. Bort's Stone Tower Studio (David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim)

For his own studio and house, the architect Walter E. Bort took an existing brick farmhouse and through the years added stone and wood components, producing the wonderful poetic effect of a medieval Cotswold village. The village quality is enhanced by stone walls that seem to flow from the building and by the thick plantings of trees and shrubs on the half-acre site. This interpretation of the English medieval beautifully sums up the elusive element of charm that the period revival architects of the 1920s sought to realize.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


What's Nearby


David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Walter E. Bort's Stone Tower Studio", [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, 61-62.

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