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Goodell, in southeast Hancock County, contains the remains of a Prairie school bank building (c. 1915). This small brick structure, now converted into a garage, has a composition of end pavilions whose presence is established by vertical paneling of different colors of brick accentuated by lines of creamy white glazed brick. In fact, the two street elevations read as fascinating linear patterns of horizontal and vertical rectangles. Above the entrance the pediment forms a small, low gable, and below this is a small pattern of ornament in cast stone. The building has a number of points of similarity to small banks designed by a Sioux City firm, The Lytle Company. It is located at the northwest corner of Broadway and First streets.

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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim

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