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Lyon County Courthouse

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1916–1917, Joseph Schwartz. Corner of 3rd and Story streets

As the architect of the courthouse, Joseph Schwartz of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, presented the county and town with a well-informed exercise in Beaux-Arts Classicism. The rectangular block is broken into on all four sides by porches with Doric columns, while the four corners of the building are defined by wide, solid-appearing pilasters. The limestone surface is treated with horizontal rustication on the ground-floor level; the surfaces above are smooth, with appropriate ornamentation. The entrance, which projects from the main block, is surmounted by a fierce seated lion.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


What's Nearby


David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Lyon County Courthouse", [Rock Rapids, 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, 492-492.

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