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Ottumwa Daily Courier Building

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c. 1916. 200 block of E. 2nd St.

The pair of great columns set within the front recess of the building, plus the templelike entrance and other details, declare the design to be Egyptian. The building's brick front suggests a pylon; the detailing is carried out in vibrant yellow, blue, and green glazed terracotta (including the relief sculpture of a globe of the world at the apex of the building). The post-World War II modernization of the facade, including the grillwork and the horizontal slab roofs, do not enhance the original design.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


What's Nearby


David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Ottumwa Daily Courier Building", [Ottumwa, 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, 337-337.

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