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Iowa County Courthouse

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1859, Ernest Wiesen. 222 N. Iowa St.
  • (Photograph by Jeff Dean, courtesy of the Wisconsin Historical Society)

Cornish stonemasons built Iowa County’s courthouse of buff Galena limestone, fitting the blocks together with very little mortar. Wiesen of Mineral Point may have derived his classical design from a builder’s book, such as Edward Shaw’s The Modern Architect (1854), but he probably also drew on his training in Berlin. The temple-fronted building has four wooden fluted Doric columns that rise two stories to support a frieze punctuated by triglyphs and a massive pediment. The portico is a reconstruction (1937) of Wiesen’s deteriorated original. The domed cupola has paneled pilasters framing louvered vents on each of its eight sides. This courthouse remains one of the finest temple-fronted Greek Revival buildings in Wisconsin.

Writing Credits

Marsha Weisiger et al.


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Marsha Weisiger et al., "Iowa County Courthouse", [Dodgeville, Wisconsin], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Wisconsin

Buildings of Wisconsin, Marsha Weisiger and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2017, 337-337.

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