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First Baptist Church

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1882. Northeast corner of N. Elm St. and 3rd Ave. E.

Everything seems “normal” about this medieval-inspired design except for the overscaled tower with its crenellations and extended miniature corner turrets. The tower is delicately supported on the ground level by a single post at the corner, which in turn supports the spring of the two segmental arches. This tower and the small bay window next to it indicate either a casualness of approach to design or great erudition on the part of the architect. The wood-sheathed building has been covered in stucco.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "First Baptist Church", [Cresco, 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, 373-373.

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