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Wartburg Theological Seminary

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1914–1916, Perkins, Fellows and Hamilton. 1981–1982, Brown, Healey Block. 333 Wartburg.

The Chicago firm of Perkins, Fellows and Hamilton developed a strong reputation for the design of schools and other types of educational institutions in the Midwest. In this instance the style used is English medieval carried out in stone. The six-story crenellated tower with its small, set-back spire has been reduced to a minimum so that it appears, as the architects wished, as “modernized Gothic.” The site plan is that of a basic U-shape, centering on the tower building and then informally meandering off to the side. The architects of the new construction to the north and west, Brown, Healy and Block of Cedar Rapids, have sought “compatibility” in relating their new structures to the old, and they have succeeded admirably in their use of scale and materials.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Wartburg Theological Seminary", [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, 90-91.

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