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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.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


What's Nearby


David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Roman Catholic Church", [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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