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Skean's Block

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1889. Benton Ave., facing onto Courthouse Square

The visual drawing card for this two-story brick commercial block is the patterning of the headers of the second-floor windows, and then above, the elaboration of its entablature, cornice, and false pediment. Each of the stone headers of the second-floor windows is angled and terminates in a bold keystone; these headers are joined to form a wavy line across the facade. In the late 1980s the entablature and cornice were painted in bright contrasting colors.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


What's Nearby


David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Skean's Block", [Albia, 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, 309-309.

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