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Muscatine City Hall

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1915, Joseph E. Mills and Sons. 204 E. 3rd St.

The architect devised an L-shaped plan for the two-story building on a raised basement. At the juncture of the two wings, he placed a quarter-circular portico. This splayed plan works well, for this entrance portico faces the street corner at a 45-degree angle. Compared to this architect's work on the courthouse, he has in this case brought Beaux-Arts Classicism into the twentieth century. As often encountered throughout Iowa, a miniature Statue of Liberty greets visitors as they walk up to the building's main entrance.

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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim
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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Muscatine City Hall", [Muscatine, Iowa], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/IA-01-ME340.

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Buildings of Iowa, David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993, 136-136.

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