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Young House

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c. 1875, Fridolin Heer, Sr. 1491 Main St.

This is another of Heer's elegant French Second Empire-style houses. The walls in this instance are sheathed in finely cut Indiana limestone with the addition of an incised design to suggest smooth ashlar blocks. The impressive design element of this house is its north wall, facing Fifteenth Street, where the architect has created a series of angular geometric patterns that seem to pour across the surface. Equally exciting is the three-dimensional pattern he created using chimneys and dormers within the mansard roof.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


What's Nearby


David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Young 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, 86-86.

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