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J. H. C. Petersen's Sons Company (now Petersen, Harned, and Von Maur)

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now Petersen, Harned, and Von Maur
1892, Frederick G. Clausen. 219 W. 2nd St. / 131 W. 2nd St., southeast corner of Main St.

The Davenport architect took the late Richardsonian Romanesque as his theme for this four-story retail department store building. He used stone for the base and red brick above; he carried out the ornamentation in terracotta. Clausen attracted attention to the two street entrances by treating them as slightly projecting pavilions with a round-arched window above; the third and fourth floors exhibit curved bay window units. The store's name in terracotta within the entablature is akin to the letterhead of business stationery.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "J. H. C. Petersen's Sons Company (now Petersen, Harned, and Von Maur)", [Davenport, 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, 69-69.

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