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Ambler House

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pre-1869. 405 N. Broadway
  • Ambler House (David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim)

The design of this house is one often found within the Italian Villa mode: a central tower with the entrance at its base and a plan which is essentially a variation of the central hall scheme. On the third floor of the tower, Romanesque triplet windows are set within an arched framework on each face. The same motif is repeated on the front of the tower at the second level. When the house was built there was a porch to the right of the entrance tower. This is now gone, and some time after 1870 bracketed hoods were placed over the front door and over the tower's second-floor triplet window. A delightful element is the tiny, narrow, octagonal two-story bay which projects from the garden corner of the house.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


What's Nearby


David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Ambler 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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