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McNee House

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1847, William Rate, builder. Route X40 south for three miles; then go one mile west on route F14, then south on the gravel road; the house can be seen on the west side of the road
  • McNee House (David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim)

An unusual, quite early exercise in cut limestone is the Duncan McNee house, 4 miles south of Mechanicsville. Heavy layered masonry cornices project into a low-pitched central gable; below, the central entrance is given an arched opening. This two-story house has the flavor of the Federal style, with some suggestions of the Greek Revival. The structure conveys a highly abstract quality through its sparse fenestration and masonry walls. The house was constructed in 1847 by a local builder, William Rate.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "McNee House", [Mechanicsville, 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, 124-124.

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