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McHenry House

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1885, Luman A. Sewell, builder and designer. 1426 1st Ave. N.

When the term “Queen Anne” was applied to a building in the 1880s and 1890s, it meant different things in different instances. But certainly one of the constant qualities of the style was its essential variety and pictur-esqueness. At times the variety and richness seemed quite mad; on other occasions, such as in the McHenry house, the picturesque was handled with reserve, even great subtlety. The surfaces of this house, varied in form, provide a wonderful sequence of different materials: clapboard and shingles. This concern for geometric patterning continues even in the surfaces of the brick chimneys.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "McHenry House", [Denison, 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, 469-469.

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