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The Beauty of Dutchtown, Part 32: Iowa Avenue Between Osage and Keokuk Streets, Revisited

I returned to photograph the block of Iowa Avenue between Osage and Keokuk streets because it was the first block of Dutchtown I ever photographed way back in 2008, and I find it interesting to see how it’s changed.

It was also one of the first entries in my Beauty of Dutchtown Series, back at Number 6.

But I also want to convey that I see something new every time I travel down even a seemingly “familiar” block such as this one. For example, look at the houses below: a Greek Revival worker’s cottage, a probable former Italianate shotgun that received a Formstone front in the 1950s, and then a woodframe house on the far right of indeterminate age.

And then there’s a whole row of solid turn-of-the-century housing stock, as the neighborhood filled in during the Twentieth Century.

Red brick transformed over into the darker brown around the 1910s and 20s, as we begin to see the influence of the Arts and Crafts style.

The east side of the street has a similar housing stock as the west side, which we just saw.

We also see the appearance of another one of those lavish four-family apartment buildings that I’ve spotted in Fox Park and the Greater Ville. A friend lives in one of these, and they were high class apartments, as evidenced by the surviving woodwork on the interior.

Woah, and then there is this house below! There is no way this is the original configuration of the third floor. It did not have a Mansard roof, as the Whipple Fire Insurance Map does not show it with one (the map does correctly show that its neighbor has one). I wonder what it looked like originally. The brickwork does not lie; it has clearly been altered.

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