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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.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


What's Nearby


David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Plymouth County Courthouse", [Le Mars, 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, 482-482.

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