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Situated within a landscaped square south of US 18 within Garner is the Hancock County Courthouse of 1899. F. W. Kenney of Minneapolis provided the county with a simplified, somewhat abstracted version of the Richardsonian Romanesque. Though the three-arched recessed entry porch, the round-arched windows, and the pair of towers are correct for the style, the building as a whole has a classical reserve about it. Present within the facades of the building are pilasters, classical cornices, and pediments. The raised basement of the building is of limestone; above, the walls are of brick with a limited amount of stone trim. Now missing from the building is the upper portion of its principal tower.

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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim

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