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YMCA Building

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1930–1931, Mortimer B. Cleveland, W. E. Thompson. 154 W. 4th St.

Labeled “Modern” in style when built, this design by Cleveland would be designated today as late-twenties Art Deco. The entrance motif is suggestive of a two-dimensional Moderne perfume bottle with accentuated vertical lines that grow in intensity as they reach the top. While the building is generally reticent in overall design, the handling of the brick, limestone, and polished stone make this a vigorous example of the popular Moderne.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "YMCA Building", [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, 444-444.

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