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Danover House

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c. 1878. 4 miles northwest of West Point on route W76

The Danover farmhouse is a relatively quiet two-story dwelling with a T-shaped plan. What takes it out of the ordinary with great force is one singular feature: the large first-floor angled bay window to the left of the entrance porch. The top of this bay has small individual gable ends mirroring each plane of the bay and fragment gables on the return of the bay into the wall. These gabled ends project out slightly and have bracketed supports; within they have corbeling at the roof edges. Projecting boldly above the edge of the gable ends is a cut-out pattern in wood, which hints at a row of connected finials. All these details are effectively played off against the plain brick walls of the house. In style, the basic form of the house is traditional Italianate, but the wood detailing of the bay and the entrance porch is Eastlake.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


What's Nearby


David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Danover House", [West Point, 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, 154-154.

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