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c. 1865. 614 Ave. E

This cottage displays an even more complex play of images than does the Beck house ( ME235). This one-and-a-half-story cottage with a mansard roof should read as French Second Empire, but it does not. The central steeply pitched wall gable with its cut-out bargeboards takes over, and it becomes Gothic Revival. Other wonderful contradictions occur in the dormer windows, where the roundtop windows and bracket-supported gables are Italianate. Also Italianate is the segmental arched entrance porch and the wide entablatures and brackets supporting the main roof.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


What's Nearby


David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Cottage", [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, 101-101.

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