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Jo Strong General Store

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1889. South side of route J40
  • Jo Strong General Store (David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim)

A classic example of a single-story false-front store building is located on Pittsburg's main street. This clapboard building houses the Jo Strong General Store of 1889. The shed-roofed section to the side also has its own lower false front. A porch with a metal shed roof goes along the front of the building, and the fenestration of the show windows and entrance seems original to the building. Just north on route J40, on the same side of the road, is the Phil Strong House (c. 1850s). This two-story Greek Revival dwelling has brick walls, gable-end wall chimneys, and a dentil cornice of brick. Of course, the present porch, of Eastlake design, is a later addition.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Jo Strong General Store", [Keosauqua, 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, 340-340.

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