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Stephens-Carpenter House (now Museum of the Lucas County Historical Society)

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now Museum of the Lucas County Historical Society
1907–1908. 123 17th St.

A. J. Stephens, who built this house for his own family, was a successful building contractor in Chariton. The principal front of this Colonial Revival house presents the classic, often repeated scheme of cross porches; there is a two-story porch with columns, and a single-floor porch running parallel to the building and underneath the high porch. The fenestration of the long sides of the house and its rear seems to have been based on utilitarian considerations, not style. The walls of the house are of ashlar block masonry, and their solidity contrasts with the lightness of the wood bays, porches, and other features. Next door to the house is a schoolhouse (1889) that was moved to the site.

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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim
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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Stephens-Carpenter House (now Museum of the Lucas County Historical Society)", [Chariton, Iowa], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/IA-01-SO043.

Print Source

Buildings of Iowa, David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993, 319-319.

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