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Fox House

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1935. 301 Riverside Dr.

The Fox house is a period revival English Tudor home with a somewhat modern flavor conveyed by the building's general horizontality, and by the regularization of the geometric pattern of the second-floor half-timbering. The recessed front door has a V-shaped header instead of a Gothic arch. This nod to the Moderne helps to prepare one for the Moderne Art Deco living room within. The client for this house, Ray Fox, had visited the Chicago World's Fair of 1933 and felt that he could have the best of two worlds: traditionalism, which on the house's exterior presented him and his family to the public; and modernism, reserved for the interior as a setting for his own experiences.

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Author: 
David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim
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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Fox House", [Charles City, Iowa], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/IA-01-NO044.

Print Source

Buildings of Iowa, David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993, 364-364.

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