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First Congregational Church

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1893, Charles A. Dunham. Southeast corner of 12th Ave. and 12th St.

What is seemingly a large-scaled Richardsonian Romanesque building has been magically miniaturized into this small church of ashlar block masonry. Entrance to the church is through a little circular tower at one corner; at the other corner is the principal tower, which is open from its second level up to the belfry. Within the main gable front, thin buttresses frame a composition of three arched windows, and above is an arrangement of circular and arched false windows.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


What's Nearby


David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "First Congregational Church", [Eldora, 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, 381-382.

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