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Johnson House

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c. 1882, Edward Clark. 531 N. Court St.

With the removal of the tall, truncated roof of the three-story tower (its upper windows treated as wall dormers), the lowering of its projecting chimney, and the removal of its original porches, the house is no longer a strong interpretation of the French Second Empire style. As one often encounters in houses of the 1870s and early 1880s, other fashionable modes entered into its design. The corner staircase bay tower and the gables that projected through the eaves of the roof are really Eastlake. The present Colonial Revival porch at the front (c. 1900) replaced a small piered entrance porch. There is a change of level to the side and rear of the site, exposing a basement treated in stone, with brick used for the body of the building above.

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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim
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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Johnson House", [Ottumwa, Iowa], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/IA-01-SO097.

Print Source

Buildings of Iowa, David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993, 337-337.

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