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.
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