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Joyce House

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1915. 417 N. 17th St.
  • Joyce House (David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim)

This house erected by Matthew M. Joyce, who later became a federal judge in Minneapolis, is similar to several of the Prairie-style houses erected in the Chicago suburbs by Tallmadge and Watson. The two-story gabled facade facing the street displays a vertical patterning of wood that ties all the windows together. The scale of this one facade comes close to what one would associate with a church or library building. The remainder of the house is less assertive, although equally inventive. The entrance is at the right side of the dwelling, under a shed roof. To the right is a projecting two-story wing and a first floor porch.

Other mildly Prairie-style houses in the vicinity are the Thomas house (1912, 1200 Tenth Avenue North); the Thatcher house (1916, 1201 Tenth Avenue North); the Carter house (1915, 510 South Twelfth Street); and the Laufersweiler house (c. 1916, 775 Northwest Avenue).

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Joyce House", [Fort Dodge, 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, 391-391.

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