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Municipal Court and Public Safety Building

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1920; Keffer and Jones; Kraetsch and Kraetsch; Sayer and Watrous. Southeast corner of E. 1st St. and E. Court Ave.

Although this three-story Bedford limestone building is shaped like a rectangular box, its detailing is far more three dimensional than the adjacent United States Courthouse. The building's Beaux-Arts design includes a series of central recessed porches with heavy Doric columns and a wide cornice that provides an effective, deeply shadow termination to the design. An unusual feature of the building is the way in which the second-floor windows have been placed within a projecting picture frame, the upper portions of which exhibit a winged medallion.

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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim
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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Municipal Court and Public Safety Building", [Des Moines, Iowa], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/IA-01-CE136.

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