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Duncan House

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1865. At the eastern city limits of Atlantic, .5 miles south of US 6 on a gravel road
  • Duncan House (David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim)

This is one of Iowa's octagonal houses, inspired by (or taken from) the published designs of Orson Fowler. Although the roof of this octagon is almost flat, the central octagonal cupola is quite tall. The paired openings of the cupola are louvered, and a chimney projects from the center of the cupola's roof. The double-hung windows on the first and second floors have small pediments over them. The projecting single-floor wing is not original to the house, nor is the present sheathing of this wood-frame structure.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Duncan House", [Atlantic, 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, 459-459.

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