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de Sinnette Octagon House

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1855. 2520 Park Ave. (US 61 and Iowa 38)
  • de Sinnette Octagon House (David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim)

The de Sinnette house presents a large-sized version of Orson S. Fowler's octagonal houses. The walls of this house are of brick, with simple pilasters emphasized at each corner. The cupola is rather unusual in that each of its faces is a gable, with a seemingly flat roof behind which culminates in a central chimney. An extensive porch runs around much of the house. A few changes have occurred over the years: in 1912, a kitchen wing was added, and at some point in the house's history shed-roof dormers were placed on the roof.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "de Sinnette Octagon 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, 141-141.

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