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Wiese House

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c. 1895, Gustav H. Hanssen. 709 Brown Ave.

Designs with an Islamic flavor began to enter the American scene in the 1880s, first as interior spaces (such as a “Turkish smoking room”) or as garden pavilions. By the 1890s the image began to be used on exteriors, especially in Florida and California. The Islamic atmosphere of the Wiese house is primarily conveyed through its central three-story tower, modeled on examples from Moorish Granada in Spain. Other Moorish innuendoes are expressed in the columns, their capitals, and the tile roof.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Wiese House", [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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