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c. 1885. 135 2nd Ave. N.W.

Here is a delightful and inventive oddity that defies any effort to pinpoint its style. The lower section of the house is somewhat French Second Empire in style, with a mansard roof for the second floor; but on top of this has been placed a second gable roof which dramatically extends out over the mansard roof below. Other unusual features are the mansard-roofed dormers with their small-scaled gabled pediments; the mildly Italianate entrance porch; and then, as a finale, the louvered Palladian window placed in the center of the top gable roof.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


What's Nearby


David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "House", [Le Mars, 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, 483-483.

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