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Penn Township Methodist Episcopal Church

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1918. Proceed 10 miles east of town on I-80; take Redfield/Dexter exit, no. 100; follow routes G14 and P53 4 miles south

This brick and stucco church suggests a Prairie school interpretation of the Gothic Revival. The corner entrance tower is low and squat, made even more so by the wide overhang of its hipped roof. The windows above the entrance door are carried through the wood entablature right up to the soffit of the roof. One tends to read the pointed windows as horizontals, and the building's gabled ends are slightly cantilevered out over the brick foundation walls.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Penn Township Methodist Episcopal Church", [Earlham, 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, 510-510.

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