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Captain Clark House

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1880, Cleveland and Jay (L. D. Cleveland). 206 Cherry St.
  • Captain Clark House (David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim)

As with most late nineteenth-century revival styles, the American Queen Anne seemed to follow various directions, absorbing or emphasizing one feature or another. The Clark house is something of an urban version of the Queen Anne—similar to what one would have found at the time in Chicago and New York, and ultimately in London. These urban designs seem to keep the exuberance of the Queen Anne in hand through greater reliance on classical surfaces and detailing. In the Clark house, horizontal bands of varying widths layer the facades and are used to tie the headers and sills of the windows together. Though there are some curved details on the house, its main commitment is to the angular and rectilinear. There are a few places where the agitation of the Queen Anne style breaks through this general feeling of restraint. One of these is in the third-floor open porch of one of the bay towers; other relapses come about in some of the molded, turned, and sawed wood details. To the rear is a brick stable with a cupola, very much in keeping with the design of the house.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


What's Nearby


David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Captain Clark House", [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, 138-139.

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