Wright County Courthouse (Iowa)

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Wright County Courthouse
Wright County Courthouse.JPG
Wright County Courthouse (Iowa) is located in Iowa
Wright County Courthouse (Iowa)
Location Central Ave., Clarion, Iowa
Coordinates 42°43′56″N 93°43′55″W / 42.73222°N 93.73194°W / 42.73222; -93.73194Coordinates: 42°43′56″N 93°43′55″W / 42.73222°N 93.73194°W / 42.73222; -93.73194
Built 1892
Architect W.R. Parsons & Son
E.D. Jones & Co
Governing body Local
MPS County Courthouses in Iowa TR
NRHP Reference # 81000277 [1]
Added to NRHP July 2, 1981

The Wright County Courthouse in Clarion, Iowa, United States was built in 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 was the fourth building the county has used for court functions and county administration.


Wright County used a log cabin for its initial court sessions in 1855.[2] A two-story frame building was the first proper courthouse the county used when the county seat was moved to Liberty. The county seat moved to Clarion in 1866 and another courthouse was constructed there. That building became a part of the Avondale Hotel after the present courthouse was built in 1892. The three–story building was completed for $50,000.[2] A clock tower rises above the buildings multi-gabled roof. The building was extensively renovated in 1974.


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