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Traverse Block

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1893. Southwest corner of Madison and Franklin streets

The two-story brick Traverse Block matches the courthouse in its strong, assertive character. One could describe its style as Queen Anne, based more on its overall character than on the specifics of its detailing. The building has been restored, so the rhythm of its ground-floor shop windows and intervening piers can be clearly seen. The second floor displays a corner cut off at a 45-degree angle, a pair of bays, then a grouping of pilasters, all in metal. Above, there is a projecting cornice in the same material; it centers on a projecting panel bearing the building's date. At the corner is a small false-front pediment.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


What's Nearby


David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Traverse Block", [Bloomfield, 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, 314-314.

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