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Sacred Heart School Building

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1959, Barry Byrne. 119 Cooper Ave.
  • Sacred Heart School Building (David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim)

Like all of Byrne's post-World War II churches and schools, this one does not directly reveal his earlier involvement with the Prairie mode, or with Expressionism in the late 1920s and 1930s. In his design for the Sacred Heart School, Byrne seems to have used the traditional elements of architecture, then abstracted them, and finally arranged them in a loose fashion into a single composition. The gable roof is here but its ridge is off-center; there are buttresses, but they end up being extensions of the lateral walls; some of the roof edges are essentially flush with the wall surfaces below, others are extended. Though much is indeed going on within this composition, it ends up being calm and reticent.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


What's Nearby


David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Sacred Heart School 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, 338-338.

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