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(Former) Worth County Courthouse

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1880. Southwest corner of Central and 10th streets

With buildings such as this, one can only wish that more counties had found it possible to retain their older courthouses and put them to new uses. The 1880 Worth County Courthouse was an enlarged two-story Italianate “house” on a raised basement. It was, for an 1880s courthouse, a rather plain, inexpensive building that cost $4,811. For that small sum the residents of the county obtained a dignified brick building whose major visual emphasis is concentrated on the solid lunettes (with their stone keystones) over the windows. Behind the courthouse (now used by the Worth County Historical Society) is the oneroom wood Swensrude schoolhouse (c. 1860s) in the Greek Revival mode. The schoolhouse was moved to this location from a rural site northeast of Northwood.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "(Former) Worth County Courthouse", [Northwood, 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, 422-422.

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