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Troy Academy

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1853, founded. Off route J40
  • Troy Academy (David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim)

This wood frame building was constructed in 1853, joining two of the popular images of the mid-nineteenth century, the Greek Revival and the Gothic. The main section of the building is Greek Revival in its proportions and fenestration. Its pediments are enclosed, and there is a suggestion of paneled pilasters at each corner. The front consists of a narrow gabled wing, which centers on a thin, high, Gothic window. A shed roof section is attached to each side of this Gothic entrance, giving the building an informal appearance. Perhaps in an effort to tie all of this together, the architect placed a Greek-style double-layered tower above the higher pitched Gothic roof.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim



David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Troy Academy", [Bloomfield, 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, 346-346.

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