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Mason City in Cerro Gordo County, Iowa — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Harry D. Page House

1912

 
 
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By Cosmos Mariner, August 22, 2016
1. Harry D. Page House Marker
Inscription.  
Walter Burley Griffen, Arch.
Prairie School

 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Architecture.
 
Location. 43° 9.07′ N, 93° 11.583′ W. Marker is in Mason City, Iowa, in Cerro Gordo County. Marker is on Rock Glen just north of 1st Street Southeast, on the left when traveling south. Marker is embedded in the sidewalk directly in front of the subject house. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 21 Rock Glen, Mason City IA 50401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Tom Mac Nider House (a few steps from this marker); James Blythe House (within shouting distance of this marker); Arthur Rule House (within shouting distance of this marker); Dr. George C. and Eleanor Stockman House (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Joshua G. Melson House (about 800 feet away); G. Curtis Yelland House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Vietnam War Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mason City Public Library (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mason City.
 
More about this marker. Architect Walter Burley Griffin's surname is misspelled as "Griffen" in the inscription.
 
Regarding Harry D. Page House. Contributing
Harry D. Page House (<i>southwest elevation</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 22, 2016
2. Harry D. Page House (southwest elevation)
property, Rock Crest-Rock Glen Historic District, NRHP #79000885.
 
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1. Harry D. Page House. Griffin used Japanese influences to fit the building exactly into its site by extending it three floors on the creek side but only two floors on the street side. The Page house and nearby Arthur Rule house were the first Prairie School residences built in Rock Glen. The Page house was featured on the cover of Brooks' paperback edition of the book The Prairie Style: Frank Lloyd Wright and His Midwest Contemporaries. (Submitted on December 12, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Historic Prairie School Home’s Setting. The Prairie School aesthetic of horizontal lines is reflected throughout the house, including the long, narrow bricks in the living room fireplace and even the slots in the radiator covers. The house underwent a major renovation in the 1940s. Two bathrooms and a double garage were added and the kitchen was expanded. (Submitted on December 12, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

3. Rock Crest–Rock Glen Historic District (Wikipedia). All of the buildings are houses designed in the Prairie School style, and are a part of a planned development. Joshua Melson, a local developer, bought the property along Willow Creek between 1902 and 1908. Initially, there were only going to be 10 houses built, but the number grew to 16. While only half the houses planned were
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actually constructed, it is still the largest cluster of Prairie School houses in the country. (Submitted on December 12, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

4. Walter Burley Griffin (Wikipedia). Walter Burley Griffin was an American architect and landscape architect. He is noted for designing Canberra, Australia's capital city and Griffith, New South Wales. He has been credited with the development of the L-shaped floor plan, the carport and innovative use of reinforced concrete. (Submitted on December 12, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 12, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 11, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 25 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 12, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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