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Old Main, Wartburg Teachers' Seminary (now Wartburg College)

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now Wartburg College
1880. Bremer Ave. W. at US 218

Wartburg College was founded in 1878, and its first building was constructed two years later. The three-story brick Old Main is an Italianate design that has been somewhat updated with references to the Eastlake. Instead of a bracketed, broadly overhanging hipped roof, it has a classical entablature and cornice with dentils. There is a deeply recessed entrance door with a high curved transom behind a small entry porch with four Italianate piers. Other than the changes in the entrance door and steps, and the addition of a metal fire escape, the exterior of the building remains basically intact.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


What's Nearby


David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Old Main, Wartburg Teachers' Seminary (now Wartburg College)", [Waverly, 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, 448-448.

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