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Vrba House

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1918, Einar O. Broaten. 590 Allen Ave.
  • Vrba House (David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim)

Mason City architect Einar O. Broaten provided the community with a classic Prairie-style box, the John Vrba House. Again, as is so frequently the case, the theme is Frank Lloyd Wright's 1906 Ladies Home Journal house: a single rectangular volume covered by a low-pitched hipped roof with a wide overhang. The front is symmetrically organized with a long bank of casements, a planter box on the first floor, and then a group of three casement units above. The entrance porch (enclosed) projects from the left side of the dwelling. Instead of providing the usual brick surface below and stucco above, Broaten has used a dark brick up to the sills of the second-floor windows and a light tan brick above. A thin band of concrete accentuates and separates the two bands of brick.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


What's Nearby


David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Vrba House", [Garner, 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, 394-394.

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