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Schroeder House

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1865. 1 mile northeast of Fort Madison on US 61

This is a beautiful and ideally situated Italianate farmhouse. A gabled entrance pavilion projects from the main mass of the two-story building; on the first floor, within the canopied porch, is an unusual design for a door, side lights, and transom-lunette. The door has a semi-circular top—a form repeated in the transom-lunette—and the sides of the sash are taken down and joined to the edge of the side lights. Another fascinating detail is found on the left side of the house, a small open porch with segmental arches. Within the porch on the wall of the house is a pair of twinsashed double-hung windows. The sense of this composition is that it is not a porch as such, but rather the symbol of a porch.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


What's Nearby


David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Schroeder 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, 101-101.

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