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Bentonsport Academy Building

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1851. Walnut St., west of 2nd St.

One of the ideals of the newly developed communities of Iowa (as was true throughout the country) was not only to develop a school system as quickly as possible, but also to encourage and sponsor an academy or college. Bentonsport's Academy building is a simple two-story brick structure covered by a steeply pitched gable roof. The flavor of the building is Italianate in its vertical proportions, but all of the windows and the entrance with transom are late Federal. A belfry, no longer in existence, added much to the building's public presence.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Bentonsport Academy Building", [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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