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Bailey House

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1916, Howard B. Burr. 805 7th St.

It would appear that the architect of this Prairie-style house with a gable roof had looked very closely at Louis H. Sullivan and George Grant Elmslie's earlier (1907–1908) design for the Bradley house at Madison, Wisconsin, and also at several of Walter Burley Griffin's designs for suburban Chicago houses. The gable ends of the roof project like the prow of a ship, and this form is repeated below in the roof over the entry. The lower walls of the house are sheathed in brick, and brick piers rise to intimate that they support the broadly overhanging main roof. The second-floor window within the front gable has a V-shaped crown that follows the slope of the roof fascia and soffit above.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


What's Nearby


David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Bailey House", [Grundy Center, 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, 397-397.

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