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Stearns House

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1883. South side of Iowa 204, eastern edge of town

The domed roof of this commodious Queen Anne-style house is shaped like a gigantic bell that seems to float in space. A somewhat Châteauesque French dormer (very small in scale) projects from the roof, and next to the bay tower is a chimney. The placement of all the windows is quite controlled; they are arranged within pairs of horizontal bands. The roof ridge still retains its lacy metal cresting.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Stearns House", [Garden Grove, 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, 328-328.

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