Joshua G. Melson House

Iowa Architecture

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Joshua G. Melson House, Mason City, 1914

This home is part of the Prairie Style movement and sits in the Rock Crest/Rock Glen development, alongside other similar homes.  The striking limestone design and landscaping fits in well in the setting.

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