Clay County Courthouse (Iowa)

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Clay County Courthouse
Clay County IA Courthouse.jpg
Clay County Courthouse (Iowa) is located in Iowa
Clay County Courthouse (Iowa)
Location 4th St. and 3rd Ave., Spencer, Iowa
Coordinates 43°8′31″N 95°8′52″W / 43.14194°N 95.14778°W / 43.14194; -95.14778Coordinates: 43°8′31″N 95°8′52″W / 43.14194°N 95.14778°W / 43.14194; -95.14778
Built 1901
Architectural style Classical Revival
Governing body Local
MPS County Courthouses in Iowa TR
NRHP Reference # 81000229 [1]
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.[1] 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.[2] When the contractor turned in a bill for $7,500 he was paid $6,000.[2] In 1871 the county seat was moved to Spencer and a courthouse was built for $1,333.[2] 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.[2] The red stone Classical Revival building features a bronze covered dome.


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