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Neessen House

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1916–1918, Howard B. Burr. Corner of 4th and Washington streets
  • Neessen House (David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim)

In addition to several large Queen Anne dwellings (such as the Koolman house of 1894 at 305 West Fourth Street), the architectural centerpiece of the town is the Neessen house, another of the many Prairie-style designs of the Waterloo architect Howard Burr. This good-sized dwelling looks to the more formal aspects of the Prairie mode that one associates with George Maher, Spencer and Powers, and others. The form of the house is that of a series of two-story volumes covered by low hipped roofs. The volumes project from a central mass and make the transition to the ground via low, single-story porches. Horizontality is emphasized by bands of Bedford limestone that run under the various groupings of windows. The interior features a white porcelainized brick fireplace, and woodwork with inlays of ebony and holly wood. The interior, including much of the furniture, was designed and selected by Kiewiet and Company, a Waterloo interior decorator.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


What's Nearby


David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Neessen House", [Wellsburg, 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, 450-450.

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