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George H. Cowles House

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c. 1867. Northeast corner of Jackson and Cass streets
  • George H. Cowles House (David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim)

This remarkably well preserved Italianate dwelling is situated within ample grounds. Penetrating the bracketed roof with a wide overhang is a typical Eastlake-style gable with the usual exposed cross-bracing, a finial projecting from the roof peak, and even metal cresting at the side. On the ground floor the heavy solidity of the large projecting bay is played off against the delicacy of the thin porch columns and the iron fencing on the roof. The thickness of the projecting stone carved lintels creates the impression that the windows have been cut deeply into the fabric of the building.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "George H. Cowles House", [Osceola, 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, 333-334.

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