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The town's plan centers on a large, open park that is approached on one side by two blocks of commercial buildings. On the opposite side, two public buildings—one of them the Audubon County Courthouse of 1938–1939—look out onto the park. The courthouse was designed by the Des Moines architect Karl Keffer; in style it is PWA Moderne, with a central, somewhat raised section meant to be read as a pilastered pavilion. Leading between the two public buildings is a continuation of the town's main street; it is terminated two blocks farther on as the street turns past a church. At the southwest corner of Broadway and Division streets is a clapboard and shingled Queen Anne house (c. 1889) with a bay tower capped by a high segmented dome. A block farther down the hill, at the southwest corner of Division and Chicago streets, is another large Queen Anne dwelling (1890), this one sheathed in brick, with a slate roof. However, the “glory” of Audubon is “Albert the Bull,” a large, colored sculpture of a bull. Albert is located south on US 71 as one approaches town.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim

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