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The chapel building is appropriately Gothic, in this case what would loosely but aptly be labeled Ruskinian Gothic. The red brick walls are set high on a raised stone foundation. Light stone trim appears in a highly contrasting fashion throughout the building. An impressive play is enacted in each of the facades between tight balance and symmetry, and elements that seem purely random, accidental, and, of course, picturesque. According to the college records, the plans for the building were drawn by a “Mr. Snider of Akron, Ohio.”

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "University Chapel", [Mt Pleasant, 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, 129-129.

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