Within gently rolling terrain just east of the Nishnabotna River is the community of Avoca. In the downtown, on Elm Street south of Crocker Street, is a two-story commercial building now occupied by the Home Federal Savings and Loan (1900). On the second floor, two pediments are supported by pairs of rough, almost primitive brick columns. Contrasting with these columned pediments are two horizontal bay windows which have been thrust into the intervening wall surface. Up on the hill in a residential area overlooking the downtown is a large brick villa (c. 1878) at the northeast corner of Taylor and Chestnut streets. The designer's catholic taste brought together an Italianate tower and bays, accompanied by both Gothic Revival and Eastlake detailing.
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