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Allamakee County Courthouse

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1939–1941, Charles Altfillisch. Northwest corner of Allamakee Ave. and 1st Ave. N.W.

The PWA Moderne style is here only a bland version of modernized classicism. There is a classical entrance, a kind of frontispiece, which projects slightly in front of the brick facade. In a fashion characteristic of vertical skyscrapers of the twenties and thirties, the windows and their spandrels are slightly recessed to create a patterned vertical effect. The Decorah architect Charles Altfillisch was a graduate of the University of Iowa and the Carnegie Institute of Technology. He designed a number of public buildings in Iowa.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Allamakee County Courthouse", [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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