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J. H. Hager House

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1913–1914, George W. Maher. 17 4th Ave. N.E.
  • J. H. Hager House (David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim)

Like Frank Lloyd Wright, who worked out innumerable variations on his scheme presented in a 1906 Ladies Home Journal, George W. Maher of Chicago developed his own personal version of the midwestern Prairie type similar in many ways to Wright's Winslow house (1893) in River Forest, Illinois. He took the midwestern stucco box, extended it, then covered it with a strongly articulated hipped roof; he then placed a second-story band of windows directly under the roof soffit; he almost always provided a segmented roof over the entrance. The J. H. Hager house is a variation on this theme. In Maher's hands these Prairie houses had the advantage of being reassuringly familiar and at the same time new and avant-garde.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


What's Nearby


David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "J. H. Hager House", [Waukon, 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, 150-150.

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