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Exira City Hall

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1921. 108 Washington St.

As with a number of municipal buildings in the Midwest, this one is treated as a storefront structure. The designer sought to establish the building's public identity by placing its name in the upper section of the light-tan brick facade, and by creating a central pediment that projects above the name. The public purpose is also conveyed by the reserved dignity of the facade treatment. Pilasters are suggested through two vertical rows of brick that terminate in a horizontal row (the cornice). Between these pilasters are entrance doors with pedimented lintels. The lintel to the right bears the words “Fire Truck,” and the one to the left, “Council Room.” Between these paired pilasters and the doors and lintels is the large garage opening for the fire truck (now closed in). The design is in the realm of the late Prairie style, somewhat akin to the designs of the 1920s of George Grant Elmslie and Barry Byrne.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


What's Nearby


David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Exira City Hall", [Exira, 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, 472-472.

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