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The Beauty of Dutchtown, Part 13: Virginia Avenue Between Keokuk and Chippewa Streets

Heading up Virginia Avenue, we have firmly left the Victorian Age; the playful styles of the Nineteenth Century are gone, and we now see architecture that is far more rectilinear and severe. It is very beautiful, and relies on bricks used in different ways to make the ornamentation. Cast iron details are used to accent the brick and white terracotta.

I love these little one story bungalows that begin to appear; they are actually quite large by square footage and they’re like little blue collar palaces. They have great proportions that don’t translate as elegantly to two story versions.

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