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1894. 500 W. Monroe St.
  • Ball House (David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim)

This is a late Queen Anne-style house at its best, with a varied roofscape, an elongated bullet-roofed corner bay tower and, of course, a proliferation of Moorish arches, moon windows, and spindles. Modern additions and the infill of porches have taken place on the first floor. Still, the design is so assertive that these later additions recede far into the background. This house presents many points of similarity to the Crane house ( ME334) which was based on designs taken from George F. Barber's New Model Dwellings and How to Build Them (1891).

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


What's Nearby


David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Ball House", [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, 130-131.

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