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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.

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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—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/IA-01-ME329.

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

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