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Joy House

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c. 1897. 816 Grand St.

Impressively situated in a parklike setting, the Joy house brings together a variety of late nineteenth-century architectural images. The format of this stone, brick, stucco, and wood dwelling is picturesque Queen Anne—there is an extensive veranda, a varied, steeply pitched roofscape, and an assertive three-story corner bay tower. But the detailing goes off in two directions. The half-timbering apparent in the principal front gable is more “correct” Tudor Revival than Queen Anne, while other details, such as the columns and entablature, are Colonial Revival.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


What's Nearby


David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Joy 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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