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Saint Joseph's Roman Catholic Church

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1886. Near southwest corner of 5th St. and Ave. F

Saint Joseph's is a translation of the French Gothic in brick with stone trim. The plan is that of the central tower type. In this instance the two doors to the side of the tower have been brought forward, and each has its own gable roof. To the side of each of these doors are two small octagonal towers with crenellated parapets and a spire behind the crenellation. The scale of all of these elements in the entrance front strongly suggests miniaturization. Within, the church is divided into traditional side aisles and a nave, all covered by a series of light plaster groin vaults.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Saint Joseph's Roman Catholic 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, 101-101.

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