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Roman Catholic Church

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1873. Northwest corner of N. 4th and High streets

The sources for this brick and stone-trimmed Roman Catholic church, one assumes, were French Gothic—not the original thirteenthor fourteenth-century Gothic, but rather the French Gothic Revival of the mid-nineteenth century. Each face of the principal tower exhibits a round window whose surrounding stone molding seems to be a ship's wheel. Above, the cornice with its gable-roofed wall dormer (created when the wall surface continues up and through the eaves of the roof) is closely akin to the contemporary Eastlake style.

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Author: 
David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim
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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Roman Catholic Church", [Keokuk, Iowa], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/IA-01-ME261.

Print Source

Buildings of Iowa, David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993, 110-110.

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