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Hancock House

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c. 1850s. West side of 1st St., 1 block north of the river and the railroad tracks

The basic format of the Hancock house is that of a two-story Federal-style dwelling: a central entrance with side lights and transom, balanced by double-hung windows on each side. The composition of the entrance has been carried up to the second floor where there is a wide window balanced by side lights. Other stylistic touches are present in this central-hall plan dwelling. The gable ends, with lunette windows, are enclosed in the fashion of the Greek Revival; a wider than usual cornice/entablature is carried on paired brackets, as in the Italianate style. The house was one of the first that was recorded in Iowa (1934) by the Historic American Building Survey (HABS).

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Hancock House", [Keosauqua, 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, 312-312.

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