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Cass County Courthouse

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1932–1934, Dougher, Rich and Woodburn. Chestnut St., between US 6 and Poplar St.

Described as “modernistic,” the courthouse has been called “an office building rather than a pile of brick, stone, and mortar.” 1 Its design is indeed PWA Moderne, a three-story block balanced on two sides by single-story wings. The light buff-colored brick walls are trimmed in Indiana limestone. There is characteristic Art Deco ornamentation—scrolls, sunbursts, sunflowers—throughout the building.


Leroy G. Pratt, The Counties and Courthouses of Iowa, 59.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


What's Nearby


David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Cass County Courthouse", [Atlantic, 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, 457-457.

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