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Lee County Savings Bank Building

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1883. Northwest corner of 8th St. and G St.

A three-story Richardsonian Romanesque commercial block realized in sandstone, this long building was planned to be read as three blocks (including a central portion flanked by two somewhat lower balanced sections). The designer has used the rhythm of fenestration to differentiate these sections. In the center the ground floor is an arcade; on the second floor there are rectangular openings, and on the third floor, arches reappear. The sections on each side have a pattern of rectangular openings at top and bottom, with arches on the second level. The important corner location of the bank is emphasized by a corner bay tower with an S-curved roof.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Lee County Savings Bank Building", [Fort Madison, 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, 99-99.

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