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Rush Park Show Barn

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1889–1890. Southeast corner of 1st St. W. and 19th Ave.
  • Rush Park Show Barn (David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim)

The great attraction for Independence in the years 1889–1892 was the Rush Park Race Track. In its heyday, the park was connected to the city by its own electric railway, one of the earliest in Iowa. The barn is all that remains of this enterprise, but the quality of its design gives some indication of how impressive the whole park must have been. This large horse barn is pure Queen Anne, with an appropriate Queen Anne domed cupola, eyebrow dormers in the roof, shingle-pattern gable ends, and a deep porch with paired columns.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Rush Park Show Barn", [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, 405-405.

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