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Mahaska County Courthouse

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1881–1885, H. C. Koch and Company. Southeast corner of High Ave. E. and S. 1st St.

One assumes that the architect H. C. Koch of Milwaukee was most likely thinking in terms of the Romanesque in his design for this three-story brick and stone-trim building. But the insistent narrow horizontal banding of the structure reflects the mid-century Ruskinian Gothic. There are large-scale lunette windows in the many fourth-floor gables. The projecting tower with its round-arched entrance at its base is the center of the composition. The top of the tower was lowered in 1934 and was replaced by a design somewhat reminiscent of some of the early work of Eliel Saarinen.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Mahaska County Courthouse", [Oskaloosa, Iowa], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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