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Iowa Savings Bank Building

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1914, Harry R. Harbeck. 122 Main Ave.
  • Iowa Savings Bank Building (David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim)

This tall, thin Sullivanesque bank is, when one stops and carefully looks at it, a surprisingly original design. The architect has employed the Sullivanesque scheme of a pier with terracotta capital as a repeated motif on both sides of the building. Then, in a different color and laid brick, he has suggested that each wide vertical panel contains a stylized Doric pilaster. Each of the four repeated bays is covered by a terracotta gabled cornice, with a curvilinear cartouche at the peak. The small entrance that originally stood in the center of the narrow south facade is now gone. A simple but sympathetic addition was made to the rear of the building in 1931; in 1967 a new arched wing was projected off to the east. The building has now acquired a revolving sign at the corner.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


What's Nearby


David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Iowa Savings Bank 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, 63-64.

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