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The Exquisite Cornice, Postville, Iowa

This is officially the skinniest photo I have ever posted on this website. There is something magnificent about the details of this cornice: the broken pediment, the compound brackets, the arched central bay. It would look better without the white paint and the plywood, though.

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  1. It’s certainly striking. Somehow, though, its scale and details make me think more of the cabinetmaker’s art than the mason’s.

    • Indeed, but remember, the cast iron industry in St. Louis exported its wares throughout the Midwest. Look closely, and you can see that the cornice is probably made out of mass-produced metal pieces fitted together. I wonder if they came from a St. Louis source originally.

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