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Rath Meat Packing Plant

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1927–1937. Sycamore St., end of Division and Elm streets

The Rath Meat Packing Plant was built on this site in 1891, though most of the present buildings date from the years 1927–1937. The lowness of the complex of two-story-plus brick buildings is countered by the vertical thrust of the tall industrial chimneys. The complex does not openly convey any intentional design concept; instead it makes its aesthetic case through its signage and the pragmatic design of its utilitarian buildings.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Rath Meat Packing Plant", [Waterloo, 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, 442-442.

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