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Bechtel House

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1931. 9 Roberts Ave.

Along with the Spanish image, the French Norman enjoyed widespread popularity during the 1920s. In the Bechtel house, forms from Normandy and Brittany are piled together to form a wonderful, playful, and romantic country chateau. On one side of the wide Gothic-arched entrance is a circular stone tower with a conical roof. A second, smaller round tower at the other side provides transitions between the low left wing and the main two-story portion of the house. High-pitched slate-covered hipped roofs, tall chimneys, and even a small glass lantern present as picturesque a roofscape as one could ask.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


What's Nearby


David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Bechtel House", [Bettendorf, 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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