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Clarion Theater

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1937. 1st Ave. N.E. between Main St. and 1st Ave. N.E.
  • Clarion Theater (David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim)

The street-level wall surface of this Moderne theater building and its angled marquee are bright red in color. The present marquee ends in a small drum, embracing a second drum. The remainder of the building is in a neutral buff-colored brick. An exciting pattern of shadows is created in the center of the second story where the walls play back and forth in a sharp angles.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


What's Nearby


David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Clarion Theater", [Clarion, 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, 367-368.

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