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Franke House

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1916. 320 1st St. S.E.

The open block plan of the Prairie school was applied here: living room across the front, dining room and kitchen to the rear. Like the nearby Stockman house, the entrance is on one side and a living porch is on the other. As the Prairie style developed in the midteens, there was a tendency to conceive of the building as a series of rectangular volumes devoid of gable roofs with overhanging hipped ends. The Franke house exhibits this approach, except for the living porch where it seems casually to revert to the traditional wide overhanging hipped roof.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


What's Nearby


David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Franke House", [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, 416-416.

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