319 Pershing Ave




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Both this home and the similar 309 Pershing Ave. have been widely attributed to Altfillisch, but apparently are not his designs. Assessor’s records list owners of the two homes’ lots between 1938 and 1940 — none of whom were clients of Altfillisch. A common owner of the two lots during those years was Lars Seim, a busy Decorah building contractor and occasional architect. It seems likely that Seim designed, constructed and then sold both homes. Interestingly, Seim did work as the contractor for several projects designed by Altfillisch, including the 1938 Scott Oil Company filling station at 201 E. Water Street and the Larsen clothing store 1940 facade remodel at 105 W. Water St.

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