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Holly Springs Gymnasium and Auditorium

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1941. Holly Springs is located 14.5 miles south of Moville on route K64 at its junction with Iowa 141
  • Holly Springs Gymnasium and Auditorium (David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim)

This is one of a number of auditorium and gymnasium buildings that were constructed in Iowa during the depression years. In style the building is PWA Moderne—a mixture of the earlier Art Deco and the Streamline Moderne. In structure it is of reinforced concrete, with the pattern of form boards left visible. The low curve of the hooped roof is contained at each side by wide pierlike devices. There are other, smaller piers toward the center of the building, and a pair of thin piers defines the central vertical glass-block window. A motif of abstracted dentils frames the tops and bottoms of the horizontal glass-brick windows that appear toward each end of the facade. All of these elements suggest a traditional classical composition played off against the modern style.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim



David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Holly Springs Gymnasium and Auditorium", [Hornick, 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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