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Clay County Courthouse

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1900–1901, Kinney and Detweiler. North side of 4th St. between 2nd Ave. W. and 3rd Ave. W.

The Minneapolis architects Kinney and Detweiler provided Clay County with a highly inventive interpretation of the usual Beaux-Arts Classical scheme. The red brick and sandstone walls give a human scale and warmth to the building. This quality is reinforced by the open square tower surmounted by a small-scale drum and dome. In contrast, the two-story entrance portico with its large polished Corinthian columns seems formal and distant.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


What's Nearby


David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Clay County Courthouse", [Spencer, 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, 433-433.

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