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Greystone: 1940

Greystone: 1940

April 1940. "Victorian house. Dubuque, Iowa." The old A.A. Cooper mansion, "Greystone," demolished in 1956. Medium format acetate negative by John Vachon. View full size.

 

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Wow - love this house!

I lived in an upscale neighborhood in Toronto (Rosedale) when I was young with houses in a similar vein (Victorian) but nothing as grandiose. The Greystone takes the cake, all the cakes I'd wager. 35 rooms..."Patterns in the flooring were formed using different species of hardwoods. An elevator in the residence and intercom system made the home unparalleled for its time. Ceilings were 18 feet high, doors were handcarved, and windows were stained glass or beveled." And then torn down a mere 16 years after this photo was taken - to make space for a parking lot! Crime against Humanity I tells ya! Read more about this tragedy and wonder here: http://www.encyclopediadubuque.org/index.php?title=GREYSTONE

If the image makes it ... it's titled "Dawn" and is one of the stained glass windows from Greystone.

Whuzza?

What is that on the sidewalk in the lower left part of this photo? I see a bird on the back of a two-legged pig.

A Funny Looking Dog

Or caught in an awkward moment?

Things that go bump in the night

Imagine hearing a door shut or footsteps at 2 a.m. -- there wouldn't be enough covers to hide under.

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