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Silas Gardiner House

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c. 1878, George Palliser and Charles Palliser. 2700 N. 2nd St.

In style, this house is Eastlake with a few Queen Anne overtones. The building was designed by the New York firm of Palliser and Palliser and was illustrated on plate 26 in their 1878/1888 publication Palliser's American Architecture. The architects described the Gardiner house as being of the “Jacobite Period.” They noted that in this house, “the roofs are shingled and painted black; the exterior walls are painted—body of the work Venetian Red and trimmed in Indian red, and cut work in black: each cut in with yellow; panels under veranda floors yellow.” Palliser and Palliser published a number of pattern books between 1876 and 1893, and in them they advertised not only their professional services but also plans from their books, which could be ordered for a modest sum. The fact that the Gardiner house was illustrated and under the client's name would strongly suggest that he commissioned the design from the architects.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


What's Nearby


David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Silas Gardiner 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, 64-64.

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