A year before Fayette was platted in 1856, construction began on the three-story Alexander Dickman Hall, the center of the newly projected Upper Iowa University. Andreas described the structure as an imposing edifice, and it still is today. The format of the building's design is late Federal to which some Italianate details have been added. The principal elevation is one continuous stone wall with a gable center. Above the arched entrance, on the second and third floors, are Palladian windows. The cornice around the building has brackets to support the overhanging roof. The tall domed cupola has round-arched windows and louvered openings.
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Alexander Dickman Hall
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