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Welch Apartments

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c. 1900. 220–228 Iowa Ave.
  • Welch Apartments (David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim)

The designer of this four-story building has set down a plain red brick block, and then dramatically played off one-and two-story bay windows, together with an elaborate pressed tin entablature, cornice, and gables. Atop the cornice, somewhat pushed back, are gabled monitor windows that provide light to the top floor. Although the street-level storefronts have been blandly remodeled, the upper portions of the building are still highly assertive. As with so many turn-of-the-century commercial buildings, it is quite impossible to categorize the style of this building. It has the flavor of nineteenth-century classicism, realized through strongly angular, brittle details.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


What's Nearby


David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Welch Apartments", [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, 137-137.

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