The University of Northern Iowa offers a fascinating ensemble of Early Twentieth Century academic buildings arranged around a quadrangle with a relatively unified architectural style and program that lasted until the 1960s when Modernist additions began to appear. Seerley Hall,… Continue Reading
Waterlooo, Iowa is a textbook example of how cities have purposely sabotaged themselves through an unquestioning belief in the suburbanization of America. The city once had a thriving downtown, anchored by Black’s Department Store, but in a fit of stupidity,… Continue Reading
Opening in 1927 according to the designs of Preston Bradshaw, the Versailles was built by Wilson-Koontz, reflecting the boom in the 1920s for apartment living.
What was this little building originally? There were packing houses in the neighborhood, and there is a wing that comes off to the right. It’s a little church, now.
Records show that the tall, beautiful Beaux-Arts style warehouse was the part of the Monument Plumbing Supply Company in 1917. Its architecture shows the influence of Roman architecture, with a dentilated cornice and strong vertical lines dominated by pilasters. There… Continue Reading
The old trolley company building has sprouted a new work of art. I do not know who did it, but it brightens up this abandoned building. I get sadder and sadder every time I drive or walk through the Ville.… Continue Reading
The use of the ornamental terracotta on the interior is interesting; perhaps the reason is that the entryway was originally open to the elements.
I love this power plant, once used for streetcars, built in 1903. It’s a Beaux-Arts style edifice, and I can’t imagine why this couldn’t be adapted for some use. It has such great little details in its facade.
I love discoveries such as this church, with its prominent dome, rich red tile roof and buff brick. The Disciples of Christ church dates back to pioneer days, though this structure is obviously from the early 20th. The church is… Continue Reading