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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.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


What's Nearby


David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Muscatine City Hall", [Muscatine, 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, 136-136.

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