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Baker House

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1897, Joseph Hoopes. 811 Iowa Ave.

A commodious house, the Baker residence has all the delightful and refreshing atmosphere of a do-it-yourself design. Whoever put it all together was, to begin with, a wee bit behind in fashion, for he had recourse to the earlier French Second Empire and the spindly version of the Queen Anne. Confronting one toward the street is a two-and-a-half-story gable held in place by two bay towers; the one to the right is square and surmounted by a dormered mansard roof; the one to the left is octagonal with a segmented concave roof. Between the towers on the first floor and to the right are porches with elaborate but thinly delineated cast-iron railings. Within the central front gable are cut-out, spindled struts of inventive design.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


What's Nearby


David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Baker 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, 139-139.

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