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Beck House

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1896. 401 E. Burlington St.
  • Beck House (David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim)

This classic Queen Anne dwelling is sited on a large corner lot. The house is oriented to the street corner through a three-story corner bay tower. The tower has the appropriate round windows on the third floor, and there is a steeply pitched roof with a segmented dome. A wide veranda wraps around the base of the bay tower, and the veranda in turn matches the tower with its own projecting round pavilion with a conical roof. The house is rich in wood details, ornament, windows of various shapes, and porches cut into the second floor. To the right of the entrance is a moon-gate pattern with a rectangular window. A large two-story stable-barn accompanies the house to the rear.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


What's Nearby


David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Beck House", [Fairfield, 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, 325-325.

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