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Shelby County Courthouse

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1892, C. E. Bell. Court St., between 6th and 7th streets

This gaunt, rather tight version of the Richardsonian Romanesque style seems to mirror the starkness of its open site. The building has a sense of incompleteness, due in part to the removal in 1899 of its dominant central tower. The building's fenestration of arched openings running across all four facades still conveys great strength, even though most of the windows have been reduced in size and in many cases filled in with glass brick.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Shelby County Courthouse", [Harlan, 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, 475-476.

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