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Park School

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1938. East end of 1st Ave. at 5th St.

The Park School is characteristic of a number of small, late-1930s schools built in Iowa. In style, it is Streamline Moderne; its single story exhibits the usual horizontal band of windows and a horizontal cornice of concrete. The architect drew attention to the off-center entrance by pulling its volume slightly in front of the surrounding walls, by raising its parapet slightly higher, and by projecting an eyebrow out above the door. Windows with grilles are placed on each side off the doorway, within the yellow brick walls of the building.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Park School", [Hampton, 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, 399-399.

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