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Paine House

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1867. 301 Upper Broadway

When one looks up Broadway to the west, one's vista is stopped by the Paine house, a large two-story brick and stone-trim Gothic Revival dwelling (now painted white). On the street side two step gables continue the wall plane up into the attic. There are elaborate pointed-arched headers over all of the principal windows, and both the street and garden porches have piers with typical cut-out designs. The garden elevation is more varied than the front. Here one will discover the asymmetrical composition of the main mass of the house: on the ground floor is a bay window with small semi-circular lunettes, while on the second floor the windows have been appreciably enlarged and now appear monumental in scale.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


What's Nearby


David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Paine House", [Decorah, 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, 379-379.

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