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Cedar County Courthouse

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1965–1968, Soenke and Wayland. Courthouse Square, northeast corner of Cedar and 2nd streets

The present courthouse replaced the earlier, much remodeled 1859 courthouse. It represents the effort frequently encountered after World War II to produce a design that was both traditional and modern. The Davenport firm of Soenke and Wayland devised a single low, horizontal two-story box whose facades make a slight nod toward Beaux-Arts Classicism. At the front the architects brought the center section out ever so slightly, emphasized the entrance by a frame with a composition of three small windows above, and then in the fashion of the 1920s and 1930s treated the upper and lower windows and their spandrels as narrow vertical bands. They also suggested that the building has a traditional horizontal base, and a termination above of a false cornice carried below the upper parapet.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


What's Nearby


David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Cedar County Courthouse", [Tipton, 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, 147-147.

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