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Commercial Blocks

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1876, 1879. East side Franklin Street between E. Main and E. Delaware streets

The Masonic Temple building of 1879 is the tallest of these three contiguous commercial blocks. The designer of the Masonic Temple block has employed a high, semi-circular gable to emphasize the distinct entrance to the temple. He has suggested that this is a distinct entity by pulling pilasters forward from the walls of the building and then providing a separate pediment. The smaller two-story commercial building at the end of these three buildings still retains a cast-iron railing atop the cornice.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


What's Nearby


David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Commercial Blocks", [Manchester, 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, 120-120.

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