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Methodist Episcopal Church

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1913–1914. Southeast corner of 5th and Sheridan streets
  • Methodist Episcopal Church (David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim)

The building hardly fits our conventional image of a midwestern church. Rather it has all of the atmosphere of a miniaturized Moorish castle. At one corner is a crenellated tower; crenellations occur around the roof, and a low segmented dome pops up in the center of the building. All of the walls are richly articulated in ashlar block patterns that contrast with decorative areas of pilasters, lintels, and a strongly projecting false cornice. This has been realized not in stone, but in varied patterns of concrete block.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


What's Nearby


David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Methodist Episcopal Church", [Menlo, 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, 485-485.

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