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Townsend House

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1878–1884. 1017 Washington St.

The design of the Townsend house playfully combines a delicate version of the Italianate with a reference to Eastlake details. The entrance tower, its steeply pitched hipped roof broken by a single gable and four small dormers, is a classic example of the Eastlake style. The interior, with detailed woodwork and 11foot-high ceilings, is still intact. Externally the only missing item is the iron railing that stood atop the roof.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Townsend 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, 359-359.

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