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Within this small crossroads village, on the east side of Iowa 1, is a two-story Queen Anne dwelling (c. 1885). Though its T-shaped form is relatively plain for this style, the house is set off from the usual by its patterned surfaces. The center of the street-front gable has a center panel of narrow clapboard; at its apex is a triangular sunburst pattern, a pattern repeated within two triangles at the eave end of the gabled roof. On both the first- and second-floor walls there is a chevron pattern, and there is a variation of this motif in a band tucked under the roof eaves. Since the exterior surfaces of the house are all painted white, the delicate patterns are only sketched by the thin lines of cast shadows.

Writing Credits

Author: 
David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim

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