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Circle D Ag Elevators

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c. 1905. Alley north of Washington St., east of Fillmore St.

The two-and-a-half-story central building with a gable roof is sheathed in corrugated steel and it is surrounded by pre-fabricated drums with conical roofs. The roof of the central building is surmounted by a small one-and-a-half-story monitor. This group of utilitarian buildings brings agriculture and the image of the machine close together, not as high art but as a form of folk architecture (which could supply an appropriate image for a painter, or for that manner, a contemporary architect).

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Circle D Ag Elevators", [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, 334-334.

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