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Dickinson County Courthouse

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1890–1891, Truman D. Allen. Southeast corner of Iowa 9 and Hill St.

Truman D. Allen, who had offices in Cleveland and in Minneapolis, was among several architects who designed a number of county courthouses in the Midwest. His design for the Dickinson County Courthouse appears more as a small-town school building than a courthouse. The stylistic references are mildly Richardsonian Romanesque. A square, three-story corner tower is the only really strong feature in the design of this brick and sandstone-detailed building. The first courthouse at Spirit Lake was a simple but handsome Greek Revival building of brick. This was designed by Harvey Abbott in 1859; it was not completed until 1868.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Dickinson County Courthouse", [Spirit Lake, 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, 435-435.

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