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c. 1890. 315 4th Ave. N.

There are a few architectural remnants from the nineteenth century in Clear Lake, the best known of which is this dwelling. The scheme of this two-and-a-half-story house is Queen Anne. The front entrance porch with an angled corner entrance is light and lacy in feeling, and the roofscape of the dwelling is typically irregular and picturesque. As is often found in the 1890s, the house also displays some Colonial Revival details, in the Palladian window, the cornice detailing, and the regularity of the large rectangular double-hung windows (they are much wider than one normally finds within the Queen Anne style). The house still retains its fence-cresting atop the porch roof and its high metal finials at the peak of the main roof.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "House", [Clear Lake, 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, 369-369.

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