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Hidden away in the small community of Sheffield is a classic example of a Prairie school dwelling, the Storck house designed by Einar O. Broaten around 1920. The house is located on the northwest corner of Sherman and Seventh streets. Its design is based upon Frank Lloyd Wright's Ladies Home Journalhouse of 1906. Its entrance is on the right, and there is a projecting living porch on the left. The lower parts of the house are sheathed in brick, with stucco above. The composition, especially that of the street facade, is highly abstract, consisting of two pierlike volumes between which is laid a geometric patterning of windows and rectangles of stucco outlined in brick. On the second floor, pairs of pilasters and consoles placed at each of the corners suggest that they are supporting the broadly overhanging roof.

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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim

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