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Three miles north of the Wapsipinicon River in Linn County is the town of Coggon. At the northeast corner of East Main and Second streets is the Zion Presbyterian Church (c. 1900). The design of this white clapboard church with a corner tower looks to the turn-of-the-century Colonial Revival. The four-unit window within the principal gable end has its own pediment. Its enclosing return at its base is broken by a single circular window. Rising from the square tower is an octagonal belfry with a tall bell-shaped dome. Down Main Street, at 202–204, is a well-preserved single-story commercial store building with a pressed-metal front (c. 1880). The design of the two storefronts appears unchanged, as is the simulated masonry of the upper facade which is rendered in pressed metal.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim

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