Often mentioned as the classic example of the Greek Revival style in Iowa, the Carter-Reimer house is unusual in that it was built for the occupancy of two brothers, Ernest and Henry Carter, and the balanced symmetry of the design accurately reflects that it is a double house. The two-story center block with a piered entrance porch is balanced on each side by one-story dependencies. Each of these dependencies in turn has an inset fourpier porch that helps to create the illusion that the far flanks of the dependencies are separate pavilions. Heavy entablatures and cornices dominate both the two-story and one-story sections of the house.
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