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Masonic Temple

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1936, William L. Perkins. Northeast corner of Grand St. and Armory Ave.

This building is a simple rectangular box that has the appearance of being partially hidden in the ground. Its architectural treatment is reserved for the carefully studied placement of windows (there are very few), the angled parapet, and the detailing of the entrance with its recessed door, the suggestion of corbeling, and the richness added by the pair of bronze wall lamps. Everything about this limestone-sheathed building is sparse, but quite refined.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


What's Nearby


David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Masonic Temple", [Chariton, 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, 318-318.

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