The Fort Dodge architect E. O. Damon, responding to the taste of the time, utilized the mid-fifteenth-century Italian Renaissance mode as his point of departure. This was in deference to his patron, Charles Blanden, who had indicated to his architect his fondness for the Butler Institute of American Art at Youngstown, Ohio. A groin-vaulted three-arched loggia is flanked by blank walls. Each of these walls contains a niche with a seashell half dome. The tripartite division of the entrance facade is reinforced by Ionic pilasters that support a wide, carefully divided entablature and cornice. The building is idyllically situated within a park, which enhances its public character; the surrounding trees and shrubs bring out its small scale and intimate details.
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