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Harlan Hotel

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1857, 1875, 1895. Southeast corner of Madison and Jefferson streets

The first section of this brick hotel building (built originally as a residence) is the center section, built in 1857. This section is French Second Empire in style: it has a mansard roof with a wide and sumptuous grouping of dormers. In 1875 a three-story section was added on the left; another narrow three-story addition was built on the right in 1895. Both additions adhered to the details used in the original house; the only difference was in their roof forms. The 1895 wing housed the new main entrance, which was deeply recessed within an arched opening. In front of the entrance is a porte-cochere with paired columns and balustrade. The house has now been turned into a hotel.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Harlan Hotel", [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, 131-131.

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