Charles F. Curtis Coach House

Architectural Tour of Clinton

Charles F. Curtis Coach House

Clinton, Iowa 52732, United States

Created By: Matt Parbs


Charles F. Curtis Coach House, (rear) 417 5th Avenue South; c. 1885; Josiah L. Rice, Architect, of Clinton.This is the coach house for the Charles Curtis mansion. It is located at the rear of the wide side yard and east of the mansion. The coach house is of brick with a steeply pitched roof. The building was remodeled in 1965 with apartments constructed. Alterations include removal of a centrally located cupola from the roof ridge and installation of aluminum storm windows. Like the mansion, the design of the coach house is of Queen Anne Style; however, it is more reserved in the variety of materials employed, and makes use of symmetry. Charles F. Curtis House (Fifth Avenue Realty Apartments), 417 5th Avenue South; c. 1885; John Fegan, Builder.This Mansion is of brick with stone trim. A corner turret, which formerly had a conical roof, anchors the northeast corner of the building and acts as a pivot between the wide side yard and the front yard. The building has now been converted to apartment use. In the mode of the Queen Anne Style, the design of the mansion employs a variety of materials, textures, colors, and patterns. Very opulent and extravagant with material usage, the building was a showcase of one of the co-owners of the Curtis Company woodworking factory of Clinton. George M. Curtis Coach House ("Carriage House Community Theater"), 420 5th Avenue South (rear); c. 1885; Josiah L. Rice, Architect, of Clinton.The Coach House has a brick lower story, wood shingle upper story, and newer asphalt shingle gabled roof. The building has been converted to a theater for the Clinton Community Theater. Like the mansion, the building is of Queen Anne Style but is more quiet in design, with symmetrical composition and fewer diverse forms and materials than the mansion. This approach, however, it appropriate and the two buildings together create a pleasant setting of historic architecture. 

This point of interest is part of the tour: Architectural Tour of Clinton


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