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Emblematic Evolution
Iowa Architect (2013)
  • M. Monica Gillen

In 1896, William McKinley was elected President, James Naismith had invented basketball a few years before, and Ed and Eva Warren built an opera house in Greenfield and although opera wasn’t performed there, other entertainers did. The first floor served as a place to sell dry goods and other items, and the Warrens lived on the second floor. It opened before Christmas that year, a splendid addition to Greenfield. The three-story structure with its turret is emblematic of the town.

Publication Date
Fall 2013
Publisher Statement
This article was originally published in the Iowa Architect magazine, the official magazine of the American Institute of Architects, Iowa Chapter. For more information contact AIA Iowa at 515.244.7502.
Citation Information
M. Monica Gillen. "Emblematic Evolution" Iowa Architect (2013)
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