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Engine House No. 2

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1939, Hansen and Waggoner. 2020 S. Federal Ave.

A thirties Moderne building, this engine house is more Art Deco than Streamline Moderne. The local Mason City architects articulated the hose-drying tower with layered panels and central vertical piers. Especially impressive is the lettering over the fire truck entrance; it has been realized in wide letters actually indented into the brick surface.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Engine House No. 2", [Mason City, 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, 415-415.

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