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Franke House

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1917, Barry Byrne. 507 E. State St.
  • Franke House (Richard W. Longstreth)

In this instance the Prairie school mode has been modified so that the walls read as surfaces delicately punctuated by windows placed close to the surface. The Franke house illustrates how a number of the younger Prairie architects were looking directly to Europe for inspiration; for example, this house shares many features found in the pre-World War II work of the Viennese architect Josef Hoffmann, such as his 1908 exhibition for the Vienna Art School.

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, 417-417.

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