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Winnebago County Courthouse

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1896–1897, Kinney and Orth. Between 6th and Clark streets, south of J St.

This two-story courthouse of red brick with stone trim was built on a raised basement. In style it is Richardsonian Romanesque and has a five-story tower. Among the usual pattern of vines and leaves carved in the upper stone banding is the head of a Winnebago Indian. Kinney and Orth of Minneapolis produced a number of turn-of-the-century midwestern courthouses. An axial walkway leading to the main arched entrance is interrupted by a pool within which stands the statue of a Civil War soldier. Some changes have been made to the building (including filling in some windows with glass brick), but essentially the building remains as designed.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


What's Nearby


David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Winnebago County Courthouse", [Forest City, 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, 386-386.

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