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Ward House (Ward's Folly)

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Ward's Folly
1852. 205 Cherry St.
  • Ward House (Ward's Folly) (David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim)

In the 1850s there were several large Greek Revival “mansions” built within one or another of Iowa's Mississippi River towns. The Ward house, though never completed, is Muscatine's contribution to this imagery. A grand two-story pedimented porch overlooks the river from its blufftop location. The walls of this house on a raised basement are lined with a row of thinly projecting pilasters that support a wide entablature. At the center of the roof is an octagonal belvedere.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


What's Nearby


David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Ward House (Ward's Folly)", [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, 138-138.

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