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Iowa State Hospital for the Insane (now Mental Health Institute)

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now Mental Health Institute
1872–1873, later; S. V. Shipman; Josselyn and Taylor. West on 20th Ave. S.W. to 1st St. W.
  • Iowa State Hospital for the Insane (now Mental Health Institute)
  • Iowa State Hospital for the Insane (now Mental Health Institute)

The main building is impressively sited on a low rise of ground, and one approaches it and gains views of the building via a long, winding road. This main building (now named the Reynolds Building) presents a version of the French Second Empire style; there is a four-story central pavilion with a mansard roof, and flanking three-story wings terminated by projecting pavilions that also have mansard roofs. The building's front measures over 762 feet in length. The walls are sheathed in a smoothly cut and fitted light-colored limestone, and the building's base is of “native granite, worked from immense boulders.” 13

Notes

Ibid., 453.

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Author: 
David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim
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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Iowa State Hospital for the Insane (now Mental Health Institute)", [Independence, Iowa], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/IA-01-NO198.

Print Source

Buildings of Iowa, David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993, 405-405.

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