Adair County Courthouse (Iowa)
Adair County Courthouse
|Location||Iowa Ave. and 1st St., Greenfield, Iowa|
|MPS||County Courthouses in Iowa TR|
|NRHP Reference #||81000224 |
|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. 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. 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. 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.