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Emmet County Courthouse

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1954–1958, James A. Dougher. 6th St. and 1st Ave. N.

In the post-World War II years an effort was made to modify the then-popular International style by retaining at least a few references to the earlier Beaux-Arts Classical tradition. One design device, exemplified in the Emmet County Courthouse, was to attach loosely a repetitive pilastered porch to what otherwise was a neutral Modern box. Other suggestions of the classical tradition included symmetry, coupled with an entrance that was balanced and formally laid out. The 1954–1958 courthouse replaced an 1884 building, which was designed by Foster and Liebbe in a blend of the French Second Empire and Eastlake styles.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Emmet County Courthouse", [Estherville, 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, 382-383.

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