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Monroe Elementary School

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1939–1940, Childs and Smith; Kruse and Parrish. 1926 W. 4th St.

In the fall of 1940, Davenport opened up the six new school buildings. In imagery, three of these school buildings were English Tudor (see, for example, the Madison Elementary School, ME 135). One was Georgian/American Colonial, and two (including the Monroe School) were Art Deco/Streamline Moderne. Of these six buildings, the Monroe School was without question the most impressive in quality of design. Its architects were also the most flagrant in their use of the Moderne image with its bands of windows, corner windows, glass brick, and curved walls.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Monroe Elementary School", [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, 72-72.

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