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Ellsworth Building / Metropolitan Theater Building

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1889, c. 1915. South side of Washington, between Oaks and Stevens streets

The general impression conveyed by this three-story theater/office/retail-store building is that it is a Beaux-Arts version of an eighteenth-century English Georgian building. On the ground level a wide and grand Richardsonian arch with Sullivanesque overtones provides entrance to the theater. The second and third floors exhibit an almost Adamesque detailing of Ionic columns, quoining, windows with elaborate lintels, round windows, and an elaborate classical entablature and cornice.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


What's Nearby


David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Ellsworth Building / Metropolitan Theater Building", [Iowa Falls, 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, 406-406.

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