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Strawn / Cook House and Barn

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Late 1850s. East side of US 218, 2 miles south of Charles City
  • Strawn / Cook House and Barn (David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim)

This end-gable two-story Greek Revival house built of ashlar blocks of limestone has an elegantly detailed entrance. Under a small roof with pairs of end brackets is an entry door with diamond-paned side lights; above, the transom window is divided into three parts, and these too have diamond-paned glass. To the side of the two-story section of the house is a one-and-a-half-story wing with a recessed porch. The square shape of the cupola-topped barn is a form infrequently encountered in Iowa. The “feel” of the stone barn and its rear wing is Greek Revival. There is a suggestion of corner quoining, and the double-hung windows are arranged in a symmetrical fashion on all of the facades of the building.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Strawn / Cook House and Barn", [Charles 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, 366-366.

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