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Steffen House, “The House of Tomorrow”

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c. 1939. Southeast corner of 15th St. and Grand Ave.

This is a determined, well-carried-out episode of the thirties Streamline Moderne. The entrance is within the lower level of a small two-story cylinder. A horizontal band of metal-framed windows moves around the wide living room bay. On the second floor, two cylinders embrace an open porch leading onto the terrace of the roof of the living room. Corner windows and portholes break through the white brick walls.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Steffen House, “The House of Tomorrow”", [Spencer, 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, 433-433.

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