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The Dick L. Doak house, at 508 Young Street (between Iowa 149 and Fifth Street) was designed and built by its owner during the years 1956–1976. The house conveys the generally wild mood one associates with the work of Bruce Goff. The walls of the house are sheathed in weathered wood, some of which has been laid at a 45-degree angle. It is the roof, however, that catches one's eye, for it seemingly undulates (though in an angular fashion) over the building beneath it. It almost seems independent of the house, and this is especially apparent in the porte-cochere, where the roof's eaves angle sharply upward. The dwelling's design is on the idiosyncratic side, but at the same time it appears highly rational.

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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim

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