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Sample House

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c. 1860. 205 N. 2nd St.

A tall, lean Italianate brick house, this dwelling has contrasting wood and stone detailing in white. The low-pitched gable roofs have been raised up on a high entablature that contains horizontal oval windows between pairs of brackets. The ground-floor windows have been brought down to the floor, and the arched windows in some areas contrast with the flat-topped windows elsewhere. There is a classic Italianate second-floor balcony with cantilevered hood on the northwest side of the house. The base for what must have been (one assumes) a cupola exists where the ridges of the cross-gabled roofs converge.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


What's Nearby


David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Sample 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, 111-111.

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