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Baker House

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c. 1900. 404 Orleans St.

Dwellings with numerous classical references were responded to in different ways in the 1890s though the 1910s. Most people termed them “Colonial” or “Georgian.” Designs such as these not only represent an ideological return to eighteenth-century America, but also are in their own way another expression within the increasingly popular Beaux-Arts tradition of the time. The Baker house, which is grand in scale and in abundance of details, could be thought of as Georgian Colonial. The walls are of ashlar block limestone, while almost all of the exterior detailing is in wood. At the street front is an ample semi-circular balustraded porch supported by pairs of Ionic columns. To the side is a wide veranda, treated in a similar fashion. The entablature is terminated by bold dentils, and above, dormers with wide lunette windows dot the roof.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


What's Nearby


David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Baker 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, 113-113.

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