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French House

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1912–1914, Seth J. Temple and Parke T. Burrows. 2625 Wood Lane

The French house could be considered an excellent display of the design methods of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, i.e., to analyze rationally the problem and then proceed without any specific stylistic image in mind. The French house thus is classical in its plan and proportions, and above all in its overriding principles. A central two-story pilastered pavilion projects forward from the mass of the house, which has a low hipped roof. On each side of the pavilion are two single-floor porches; together with the accompanying terrace, they offer a view to the Mississippi River. The house is built of reinforced concrete with hollow tile work as an infill. Decorative portions include half-timbering details at the gable ends and leaded glass (the leaded stained glass window at the stair landing depicts an idyllic woodland scene). The importance of the automobile is recognized in the important location of the garage building, toward the front of the house.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "French 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, 76-76.

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