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Buchanan County Courthouse

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1939, Dougher, Rich and Woodburn. 5th Ave. N.E. (Iowa 150) between 2nd and 3rd streets N.E.

As Andreas mentioned in 1875, the siting of the courthouse in Independence is particularly successful: “They [the courthouse buildings] are situated on the highest tract of land in the neighborhood, and command a fine view of the city of Independence, the Valley of the Wapsipinicon, and the surrounding Country.” 12 The courthouse is a PWA Moderne structure set on a terraced platform within its own landscaped block. The three-story block with a center raised basement is held in place by one-story wings on each side. The tan brick and accompanying stone trim has retained its light color. On the courthouse lawn is a 1950 bronze miniature reproduction of the Statue of Liberty.

Notes

Andreas, Atlas of the State of Iowa, 1875, 462.

Writing Credits

Author: 
David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim
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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Buchanan County Courthouse", [Independence, Iowa], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/IA-01-NO181.

Print Source

Buildings of Iowa, David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993, 403-403.

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