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Plymouth County Courthouse

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1901–1902, Kinney and Detweiler. Corner of 3rd Ave. S.E. and 2nd St. S.E.

The Austin, Minnesota, firm of Kinney and Detweiler also designed the similar Clay County Courthouse (1900–1901) at Spencer ( NO273, p. 433). Both are Beaux-Arts designs, with a projecting pavilion or portico repeated on each of the four facades. The Plymouth County Courthouse is raised almost a full floor above the ground, thus providing a high, grand stairway leading up to its principal entrance with Corinthian columns. The building is sheathed in Portageentry red sandstone, which provides a warm salmon-rose color. The building is now regrettably devoid of its high central tower and dome, which were removed in 1932.

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Author: 
David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim
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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Plymouth County Courthouse", [Le Mars, Iowa], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/IA-01-MW066.

Print Source

Buildings of Iowa, David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993, 482-482.

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