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Mason House

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1846. North side of Front St., east-southeast of the river bridge

This two-story brick structure (originally called Ashland House) was built as a 21-room inn, a use that has continued to the present day. The building reads as a large Federal-style dwelling such as one might encounter anywhere in the northeastern United States. Its broad gable end faces the street; two entrances are provided on the ground level; and in the gable end a central window is balanced on each side by quarter-circle windows. As with the small post office building to the east, the hotel is set in ample grounds.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Mason House", [Farmington, 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, 311-312.

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