Adair County Courthouse (Iowa)

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Adair County Courthouse
Adair County Courthouse Greenfield IA.jpg
Adair County Courthouse (Iowa) is located in Iowa
Adair County Courthouse (Iowa)
Location Iowa Ave. and 1st St., Greenfield, Iowa
Coordinates 41°18′17″N 94°27′35″W / 41.30472°N 94.45972°W / 41.30472; -94.45972Coordinates: 41°18′17″N 94°27′35″W / 41.30472°N 94.45972°W / 41.30472; -94.45972
Built 1891
Architect S.E. Maxon
Architectural style Romanesque
Governing body Local
MPS County Courthouses in Iowa TR
NRHP Reference # 81000224 [1]
Added to NRHP July 2, 1981

The Adair County Courthouse, located in Greenfield, Iowa, was built from 1891-1892. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1981 as a part of the County Courthouses in Iowa Thematic Resource.[1] The courthouse is the third building the county has used for court functions and county administration.


The county’s first courthouse was located in Fontanelle from 1856 to 1874.[2] It was a two-story frame building constructed from locally harvested wood. After the county seat moved to Greenfield the building was used as a school, church, meeting hall and town hall until it was destroyed in a fire in 1910. A two-story courthouse was built in Greenfield for $8,000.[2] It was destroyed in a fire in 1889 and an opera house was used for a courthouse until a new building could be constructed. The cornerstone for the present courthouse was laid on July 4, 1891. It was constructed of brick in the Romanesque Revival style at a cost of $26,768.[2]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ a b c "Adair County Courthouse". Iowa Judicial Branch. Retrieved 2011-02-26.