Clay County Courthouse (Iowa)
Clay County Courthouse
|Location||4th St. and 3rd Ave., Spencer, Iowa|
|Architectural style||Classical Revival|
|MPS||County Courthouses in Iowa TR|
|NRHP Reference #||81000229 |
|Added to NRHP||July 2, 1981|
The Clay County Courthouse, located in Spencer, Iowa, United States, was built in 1901. 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 fourth building the county has used for court functions and county administration.
A commission chose Spencer Township as Clay County’s first county seat. Voters chose Peterson instead and allocated $6,000 for a courthouse. When the contractor turned in a bill for $7,500 he was paid $6,000. In 1871 the county seat was moved to Spencer and a courthouse was built for $1,333. It became too small and another courthouse was built for $4,435. The old courthouse was used for a barn, a cement block factory and then remade into two houses. The present courthouse was begun in 1900 and built at a cost of $60,000. The red stone Classical Revival building features a bronze covered dome.