Architectural Tour of Clinton


Clinton, Iowa 52732, United States

Created By: Matt Parbs


400 BLOCK OF NORTH 2ND STREETAlthough not a district in the usual sense, four buildings on the west side of the 400 block of North 2nd Street define a unified commercial frontage of period architecture. These buildings are identified as number 162a through 162d, and appear on Map No. 4. Description follow: a) Edwin Old's Building (Petersen's: The Maple Shop), 410-412 North 2nd Street; 1892.A two-story commercial building, it has a front façade of brick with tin cornice and ornate window heads. The party wall have been clad over with aluminum siding and the ground-floor storefront has been altered. The design of the building is eclectic with the Italianate Style the most influential source of inspiration.b) Jack's Tavern/ H & R Block, 420-422 North 2nd Street; 1894-1895.This commercial building, of Italianate Style inspiration, has an upper-story façade of brick with a tin cornice and window "eyebrows". The ground-floor storefronts have been drastically altered.c) Buelow's T. V. Service, 424 North 2nd Street; c. 1900.The building is one of the few in Clinton to utilize sheet tin as a wall surface material. The pattern on the sheet tin was intended to simulate masonry. The design of the building can best be described as eclectic with some lingering influences of the Italianate Style, as exhibited by the cornice treatment, while the use of the bay window can be attributed to the popularity of the Queen Anne Style.d) J. Q. Jefferies Real Estate, 426 North 2nd Street; c. 1895.The building is a commercial structure of two stories. The north wall is of brick with "punched-in" windows, capped with segmented arches. The east façade on the upper story has been altered with new windows and vertical wood siding. The ground-floor storefront has had some alterations but the original feeling has basically been retained.

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