Old Worth County Courthouse (Northwood, Iowa)

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Old Worth County Courthouse
Old Worth County Courthouse (Northwood, Iowa) is located in Iowa
Old Worth County Courthouse (Northwood, Iowa)
Location 921 Central Ave., Northwood, Iowa
Coordinates 43°26′38″N 93°13′7″W / 43.44389°N 93.21861°W / 43.44389; -93.21861Coordinates: 43°26′38″N 93°13′7″W / 43.44389°N 93.21861°W / 43.44389; -93.21861
Built 1880
Architect Simon Larsen
Architectural style Italianate
Governing body Local
MPS County Courthouses in Iowa TR
NRHP Reference # 81000276 [1]
Added to NRHP July 2, 1981

The Old Worth County Courthouse in Northwood, Iowa, United States was built in 1880. 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 was the first building the county used for court functions and county administration. The building functions as the Main Museum for the Worth County Historical Society.


In 1879 an attempt was made by Kensett, Iowa to have the county seat of Worth County moved to their town.[2] To ensure that the county seat stayed in Northwood the town raised the money for the courthouse and donated the land for the building. A brick Italianate style building was built in 1880 for $4,400[2] It was replaced in 1893 by the present courthouse.

After its use as a courthouse the building served as a high school for twenty years. After that it was used as a public library on the main floor and as a youth center on the second floor. On July 4, 1973 the Worth County Historical Society opened a museum in the building.[3]

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  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ a b "Worth County Courthouse". Iowa Judicial Branch. Retrieved 2011-02-24. 
  3. ^ "Main Museum". Worth County Historical Society. Retrieved 2011-02-24.