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First Federal Savings and Loan Building

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1978–1979, Ralph Rapson. Southwest corner of 6th St. and 1st Ave. N.
  • First Federal Savings and Loan Building (David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim)

A highly serious modern design, this building is almost Constructivist in concept. A lightly articulated wood and glass-sheathed box is posed over a lower indented volume of brick and glass. Diagonal turnbuckles ride across portions of the upper glass wall. The building is assertive and dignified; at the same time its scale is contextual with the adjoining buildings.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


What's Nearby


David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "First Federal Savings and Loan Building", [Estherville, 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, 383-383.

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