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Harrison House

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1857. 220 N. 4th St.

When built in the late 1850s, this house was described as being in the “French style of architecture.” The most telling French Second Empire feature is the concave metal-sheathed mansard roof, broken by semi-circular pedimented dormers. While the two first-floor porches and the entrance canopy are close to the Italianate in style, other detailing is quite classic, almost like something from the Renaissance. This is especially apparent in the window frames of the front two-story curved bay and on the entablature/cornice with a pronounced row of dentils.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Harrison House", [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, 110-111.

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