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The Press Building

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c. 1870. South side of Main St. between 5th and 6th streets

In this two-story commercial building the designer compressed a richness of details into its relatively narrow streetfront. There are accentuated verticals composed of masonry and metal piers on the street level; above, two segmental arched windows crowd toward the central arched window from each side; finally the entablature and cornice exhibit dentils, different groups of supporting brackets, and then a segmental arch that projects above the parapet (covered by a centrally placed finial). Though somewhat remodeled and painted—Colonialized—the building remains as an eye-catching assertion on Main Street.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


What's Nearby


David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "The Press Building", [Osage, 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, 424-425.

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