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c. 1890. 621 Ave. E

This two-story Queen Anne dwelling asserts its presence almost entirely through its varied applied surface patterns. The central gable end facing the street has at its base a large, centrally placed window; this is connected to a pair of second-floor windows by a wood pattern (a central rectangle, surrounded by two curved shapes); and finally, in the gable end, is an overscaled lunette window and a horizontal band of paneling. The design may have come from one of the pattern books popular at the time, but whoever carried it out exercised great sensitivity.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


What's Nearby


David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "House", [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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