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Security State Bank

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1983, Daryl Anderson. Southwest corner of 1st St. E. and 3rd Ave. S.E. (US 150)

The architect has opened up the corner into a small plaza, but at the same time he has maintained a sense of enclosure and of the two streets coming together. At the corner, appearing almost as a ruin, is a sloped form sheathed in gray granite; this is connected to the L-shaped building by pergolalike horizontal beams sheathed in matte-finished aluminum panels. The fenestration of the glass area of the inner “L” of the building is almost domestic in scale.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Security State Bank", [Independence, 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, 402-402.

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