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Wyth House

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c. 1907, 1925; 303 Franklin St.

The simple, voluminous, two-story box, usually covered by a hipped roof, emerged throughout the country in the 1890s as a pragmatic type for the middle-class house, whether in suburbia or on the farm. In some cases these box houses might refer to the Queen Anne style; in others, to the Colonial Revival. The Wyth house has touches of the Mediterranean Revival as well as hints of Dutch or Flemish architecture, especially in the parapeted roof dormer. This house was originally built for F. W. Paulger around 1907. It was purchased and extensively remodeled by George and Alice Wyth in 1925. They sheathed the dwelling in brick and introduced an early midwestern version of the Art Deco through remodeling and furnishings. The house is now a museum and is open by appointment through the Cedar Falls Historical Society.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Wyth House", [Cedar Falls, 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, 358-359.

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