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Atherton House

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1935. 4103 Perry Way
  • Atherton House (David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim)

The Atherton house is one of the most important of the state's 1930s Moderne houses. A label such as “angular thirties Moderne” would probably come closest to characterizing it. The house is composed of interlocked cubes and rectangular volumes. At the center of the house is a three-story narrow volume that rises from the horizontal roof. Windows are treated as patterns moving across the surfaces, and of course these openings go around corners. The entrance to the house is adjacent to the attached garage. As one would expect of a “futurist” house of the thirties, this building's mechanical plant is entirely electric.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Atherton House", [Sioux City, 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, 506-507.

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