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.
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