Adams County Courthouse (Wisconsin)

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Adams County Courthouse
Adams County Wisconsin Courthouse.jpg
Adams County Courthouse (Wisconsin) is located in Wisconsin
Adams County Courthouse (Wisconsin)
Adams County Courthouse (Wisconsin) is located in the US
Adams County Courthouse (Wisconsin)
Location 402 Main St.
Friendship, Wisconsin
Coordinates 43°58′14.94″N 89°48′54.65″W / 43.9708167°N 89.8151806°W / 43.9708167; -89.8151806Coordinates: 43°58′14.94″N 89°48′54.65″W / 43.9708167°N 89.8151806°W / 43.9708167; -89.8151806
Architect Arthur Peabody
MPS County Courthouses of Wisconsin TR
NRHP Reference # 82000627
Added to NRHP March 9, 1982

The Adams County Courthouse is a Neoclassical brick building in Friendship, Adams County, Wisconsin. Designed by Arthur Peabody, it was completed in 1914. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982 for its architectural significance in Adams County.[1][2]

By the early 1900s, Adams County's previous courthouse in Friendship needed replacement, and in 1912 the County Board approved architectural plans for a new courthouse. At the time though, there was a rivalry between the villages of Friendship and nearby Adams. In a 1913 vote on the $30,000 bond to build the courthouse, Friendship voted overwhelmingly for, and Adams overwhelmingly against. The total support was sufficient and the project went ahead.[3]

In 1913, the old wooden courthouse was torn down and replaced with the current brick courthouse. George Kieke was the chief construction engineer. Arthur Peabody, the UW's supervising architect at the time, designed the modest building in the Neoclassical style that somewhat recalls a Roman or Greek temple, with four colossal pilasters supporting an entablature inscribed Adams County.[1]

One hundred years later, the courthouse is still used for public offices, and is still a central landmark in the village of Friendship.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Garfield, L.; Filipowicz, D. (1981-10-14). "Adams County Courthouse" (PDF). NRHP Inventory-Nomination Form. US Dept. of the Interior. National Park Service. Retrieved 2015-11-13. 
  2. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  3. ^ "Adams County Courthouse". Wisconsin Historical Society. Retrieved 2015-11-13. 

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