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On Main Street, between Orchard Street and the railroad tracks, is the International Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF) Hall (c. 1875). While some changes have been made in its two storefronts, the remainder of the building's metal facade remains intact. Paired columns on high bases are placed between each of its second-floor windows, and there is the usual wide entablature with projecting cornice above. At the center of the roof is a single gable bearing the lettering “IOOF.”

The First United Methodist Church (c. 1900) at the northeast corner of North and Orchards streets, represents a fascinating version of the turn-of-the-century Colonial Revival. The two street facades are dominated by three large Palladian windows, each of which has been placed within a projected frame. The keystones of the central arched windows are strongly emphasized, and each of these windows has semi-circular headers. There is colored art glass within each of these Palladian windows. In one of the windows, the grain elevator complexes at Mediapolis are depicted almost as a medieval castle, with cylindrical towers at each of the corners, and a central volume topped by a cross-gable top floor. This elevator complex is situated on North Street, west of Orchard Street.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim

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