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Cotton House

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1853. 316 18th Ave. N.
  • Cotton House (David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim)

This is a textbook example of the Gothic Revival cottage, right out of one of the works of A. J. Downing. The one-and-a-half-story cottage has heavily molded, pointed windows and doors, a porch supported by delicate wood piers with sawed work above their capitals, and board-and-batten walls. The major external change in the house is the replacement of the original steeply pitched roof by a lower gambrel roof, in the aftermath of a fire in 1943.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Cotton House", [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, 63-63.

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