Gobble and Heer--Spurgeons Building

51 East Broadway, Fairfield, Iowa



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Street View 


The Gobble & Heer/Spurgeons Building at 51 East Broadway (1892) is a landmark on the Fairfield Square. Although it follows the pattern of other buildings around the Square in terms of placement on the lot, materials, scale and proportion, it differs from the majority of buildings with its Queen Anne tower and oriel windows. These design elements bring a different feeling to the Square. Despite the painted brick on the fašade, the building retains a high level of architectural integrity, including many interior details. It is interesting that this building has never had a historic name attributed to it, and is best known for its occupants: Gobble & Heer Clothing from 1899-1930s, and Spurgeons from the mid-1930s through the mid-1960s. (From: http://www.nps.gov/nr/feature/places/pdfs/15000727.pdf)


19th Century (38,050)
Brick (42,466)
Building (4,461)
Built 1892 (743)
Built during 1890s (7,675)
Fairfield, Iowa (28)
Have Street View (49,514)
Iowa (2,528)
Italianate (5,120)
Jefferson County, Iowa (30)
Queen Anne (5,137)
Victorian (19,703)

Update Log 

  • April 10, 2017: New Street View added by Bill Eichelberger
  • November 21, 2015: Added by Dave King