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Carlson House

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1875. 612 Main St.
  • Carlson House (David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim)

The architectural high point of the town is the Carlson house, designed in the Second Empire style (1875), located at 612 Main Street. This dwelling is certainly one of the most sumptuous Second Empire houses in Iowa. Above the dormered mansard roof of this two-and-a-half-story house rises a fanciful tower whose shingled roof is so steep that it is almost vertical. Wide, projecting, heavy gabled lintels occur over the windows, and the roof of the L-shaped porch bursts forth with rows of finials.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim



David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Carlson House", [Sac 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, 430-431.

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