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First Baptist Church

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1867. Northwest corner of N. Vine and W. Adams streets

This is certainly a late use of the Greek Revival style for a church. The brick building was designed as a classical peripteral temple with pilasters (rather than columns) carried around the building. A simple triangle occupies the tympanum, and above is a two-tier tower and spire. The church was damaged by fire in 1910 and some changes were subsequently made, including the addition of the present small entrance porch.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "First Baptist Church", [West Union, 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, 453-453.

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