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Public School Building

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1923. South side of 4th St.

The format of this two-story brick building is characteristic of the designs for school buildings that one encounters across the country. In this example, however, the Prairie tradition was carried into the 1920s in a somewhat abstract manner. The two front entrances are contained within pavilions that project from the body of the building. These pavilions each have a pair of Prairie-style pilasters with capping and horizontal banding in brick. Between these pilasters, on the wall below the parapet, is a rectangle of vertical lines formed of projecting and receding bricks. The lines can be read as a pattern as well as an abbreviated assertion of small, stylized pilasters. A similar but larger pattern is repeated toward each end of the main building.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


What's Nearby


David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Public School Building", [Moville, 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, 487-487.

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