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Bereman House

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1865–1869. 401 N. Main St.
  • Bereman House (David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim)

By breaking down the volumes of a house into readable separate parts and then highly elaborating them, an architect could suggest that a modest-size dwelling was a “mansion.” The Bereman house reveals this approach carried out with great success, for it reads as a very large Italian villa, but in fact the interior rooms are of modest dimensions. The house is built up from lower bays and porches to the central section, which is itself almost a tower, and then on to a towering octagonal cupola. The pattern of the roof brackets and the extent of the projection of the roof is particularly dramatic.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Bereman House", [Mount 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, 130-130.

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