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Henry County Courthouse

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1914, J. W. Rower. Southeast corner of Washington and Main streets

The citizens of Mount Pleasant built the first brick-and-stone courthouse in Iowa between the years 1839 and 1840. It was a handsome late-Federal-style building which conveyed the feeling that it was a large dwelling rather than a public building. Its walls were of brick and its low-pitched hipped roof was broken at the wall edge by four chimneys. In size it was 24 feet square and two stories in height. It was to have had a cupola, but this was never built. This building was demolished in 1871, and a nearby commercial building was remodeled for county governmental purposes. In 1914 a new courthouse was erected, designed by the Urbana, Illinois, architect J. W. Rower. In style, it is Beaux-Arts Classical, appreciably simplified. The principal pedimented entrance was set between four engaged Tuscan columns. The two-story building on a raised basement is sheathed in smooth surfaced limestone, with the exception of the basement podium, where the horizontal joints of the masonry are deeply cut.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


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

Print Source

Buildings of Iowa, David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993, 132-132.

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