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Fraternal Order of Eagles

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c. 1910. 405 Blondeau St.

This is another classical composition (slightly Georgian) with Prairie-style ornamentation. The scale of this building and its delicate detailing are what one generally associates with an urban club house. The first floor has a row of five deeply set openings articulated by a pair of square terracotta blocks at the spring of the arches, each with a projecting keystone at the top. The upper floor has tall window units divided between a wide transom and a pair of casements below. The character of the letters on the building sign, as well as much of the ornamentation, really has more to do with design in Vienna at the turn of the century than with the Prairie mode.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


What's Nearby


David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Fraternal Order of Eagles", [Keokuk, 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, 110-110.

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