You are here

Frank House (now Happy Hollow Country Club)

-A A +A
now Happy Hollow Country Club
c. 1873. .25 miles east on US 34, 2 blocks north

The builder of this dwelling, George Frank, purchased 120 acres for his projected estate, something quite unusual for Iowa in the 1870s and 1880s. Forty acres were laid out in the manner of a Picturesque English park, and included an artificial lake (with a boathouse), curved roads, and other amenities. The two-story brick walls of this two-and-a-half-story Eastlake dwelling support a number of steeply pitched gables. These gables exhibit a wide fascia cut into a series of curved forms. The fascia of the adjoining roof edges is carried on small brackets across the front of each gable. Numerous changes have been made on the first floor, including the elimination of the wood porte-cochère with its upstairs open porch, but the building still reveals its strong Eastlake character.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


What's Nearby


David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Frank House (now Happy Hollow Country Club)", [Corning, 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, 321-321.

If SAH Archipedia has been useful to you, please consider supporting it.

SAH Archipedia tells the story of the United States through its buildings, landscapes, and cities. This freely available resource empowers the public with authoritative knowledge that deepens their understanding and appreciation of the built environment. But the Society of Architectural Historians, which created SAH Archipedia with University of Virginia Press, needs your support to maintain the high-caliber research, writing, photography, cartography, editing, design, and programming that make SAH Archipedia a trusted online resource available to all who value the history of place, heritage tourism, and learning.

, ,