Preservation enthusiasts, architectural historians, and anyone caught up in chronicles of life in early Iowa will find much to treasure in Wesley Shank's catalog of the state's historical buildings. Heavily illustrated and clearly indexed, it offers a concise essay on development of the building arts from the first log cabins through the Prairie School structures of Frank Lloyd Wright and his followers. Well over 100 private and public buildings are indexed by city and structure. Emeritus professor Wesley Shank of Iowa State University's Department of Architecture highlights design and construction features, historical associations, and details of ownership, using measured drawings, photographs, and written documentation from the Historic American Buildings Survey.
"This book gives us the opportunity to consider the values of our ancestors reflected in the buildings preserved from our past in these pages."—Adrian Anderson of the State Historical Department of Iowa
"An essential resource for students of Iowa architectural history and an excellent guide to the wealth of historic buildings and architectural styles of the state."—Margaret Keyes, emeritus professor of home economics at the University of Iowa and director of the Old Capitol restoration