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First Allamakee County Courthouse (now Allamakee County Historical Museum)

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now Allamakee County Historical Museum
1860–1861, attrib. John W. Pratt. Southeast corner of Allamakee Ave. and 2nd Ave. N.E.

A good number of similar courthouses were built throughout eastern Iowa in the 1850s and early 1860s. The Allamakee Courthouse is one of the very few still surviving. The underlying form is based upon the rectangular block Greek Revival design, but this has been modified by a bracketed roof and a strong sense of verticality in the high pitch of the roof. This brick building, set on a limestone base, has the usual pilastered walls and two-tiered wooden tower over the entrance. Though some changes have been made on the interior, the courtroom, halls, and other spaces are close to their original design. Now a museum, the building is open to the public.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


What's Nearby


David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "First Allamakee County Courthouse (now Allamakee County Historical Museum)", [Waukon, 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, 149-149.

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