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Ryan House

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c. 1870, John M. Van Osdel. 1389 Locust St.
  • Ryan House (David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim)

A classic, sumptuous example of the Italian villa style in brick, this house boasts all the characteristics one associates with late versions of this form. A square four-story tower with a concave mansard roof sits between two wings of the house. Segmental- or round-arched windows occur throughout the building, each beautifully emphasized by exaggerated stone heads. Missing are a few cast-iron details: the metal balustrade atop the roof and a projecting balcony once situated above the entrance door. If the assumed date of 1870 is correct, it is peculiar that Van Osdel would have produced a house in an earlier style than that of the 1866 Thompson-Ryan house next door.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Ryan House", [Dubuque, 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, 85-86.

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