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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.


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

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


What's Nearby


David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Buchanan County Courthouse", [Independence, 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, 403-403.

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