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Union Presbyterian Church

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1884–1885, Lawrence B. Valk. 719 Ave. F

The design of this church was referred to as “Modern Gothic,” i.e., Eastlake Gothic in this instance. The recessed corner tower is covered by a steeply pitched gable roof which is broken into on two sides by gabled wall dormers. In good Eastlake fashion, the peaks of the main gable roof are carried out from the walls and are supported by brackets. For the time, the brick walls and openings of the church are effectively plain, even puritanical. The architect of the building, Lawrence B. Valk, was the author of Church Architecture, published in New York (Holt Brothers) in 1873.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Union Presbyterian Church", [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, 100-100.

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