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McGavic House

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1852. 116 Concert St.

This is a sophisticated, refined brick Italianate Villa design, due in part to later remodelings that added a rich array of details. The building's form is out of the ordinary, consisting of two gable-roofed wings projecting forward, with the entrance between them. Behind the entrance and rising three floors is the hip-roofed tower. The entrance, which is new, has two narrow Tuscan columns supporting a classical entablature. The roof edges have been cut back, again most likely due to a twentieth-century remodeling. All of the changes, which have to a marked degree “Colonialized” the house, have been carried out with taste and understanding.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "McGavic 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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