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The community's city hall (1928) is located right on Iowa 299 as it passes northsouth through town. Under most circumstances the tiny city hall would not be recognized as a public building except for its name being cut into a limestone panel above the entrance door. The only decorative notes on this enlarged red brick building are the smaller bricks at each corner, the raised parapet above the sign panel, and the panel's definition by two squares of stone below the corners of the sign, with quarter-round pieces of stone used as a transition to the higher parapet. The building is situated on a corner lot, with space left around it. This is certainly an example of civic modesty, if nothing else.

Also within town is an early-1900s single-story dwelling in the Colonial Revival mode. While the dwelling is only on one level, it asserts its presence with a four-piered porch surmounted by a steeply pitched gable roof. Within this enclosed pediment is a single large-scale round window. The house is located at the northeast corner of Grape Avenue and Quincy Street.

At the northern outskirts of town on Iowa 299 is the community's auditorium and gymnasium. It was built in 1936 and was designed by Keffer and Jones. The brick-clad building consists of a circular drum covered by a low-pitched conical roof. It has a rectangular entrance pavilion that is equipped with two slightly projecting bays with some vertical decoration in brick. In style the building is PWA Moderne pared down quite a bit.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim

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