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Green House

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c. 1910, Ernest W. Wood. 1001 Grand Ave.
  • Green House (David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim)

The Green house is unquestionably one of the principal landmark houses not only of Keokuk, but of Iowa. The viewer of the house is confronted with a two-story, hip-roofed volume similar in design approach to the concurrent work of the Chicago architect George W. Maher. In the Green house, the substantial, classic restraint of Maher is presented in rough-cut stone, the horizontal joints of which cast deep shadows. The most remarkable feature of the house is the entrance porch. Here we have a broad arched opening springing directly from the terrace platform. The sides of the entrance arch spill off to each side almost like buttresses. The effect is that of a fragment of a medieval castle set down in front of a dwelling.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Green 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, 113-114.

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