Delaware County Courthouse (Iowa)

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Delaware County Courthouse
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Delaware County Courthouse (Iowa) is located in Iowa
Delaware County Courthouse (Iowa)
Delaware County Courthouse (Iowa) is located in the US
Delaware County Courthouse (Iowa)
Location Main St.
Manchester, Iowa
Coordinates 42°29′2″N 91°26′34″W / 42.48389°N 91.44278°W / 42.48389; -91.44278Coordinates: 42°29′2″N 91°26′34″W / 42.48389°N 91.44278°W / 42.48389; -91.44278
Built 1894
Architect Bell & Kent
Architectural style Romanesque
MPS County Courthouses in Iowa TR
NRHP reference # 81000234 [1]
Added to NRHP July 2, 1981

The Delaware County Courthouse, located in Manchester, Iowa, United States, was built in 1894. 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 current structure is the third building to house court functions and county administration.


The first courthouse in Delaware County was a log structure in Delhi. The two-story structure measured 18 by 24 feet (5.5 m × 7.3 m) and had no roof.[2] Jurors were required to climb a ladder to the jury room on the second floor. A second courthouse was built in 1850 and because no contractors available to build the facility, citizens performed the work using their own tools. The county seat moved to Manchester and occupied the current courthouse in 1894 which was completed for $38,000. Donations from 700 county citizens contributed funded the clock in the tower.[3]


Bell & Kent of Council Bluffs designed the Romanesque Revival building,[4] which is constructed of red pressed brick. The main body of the building measures 76 by 100 feet (23 m × 30 m). The tower and spire are 135 feet (41 m) high, and the walls of the building are 18 inches (46 cm) thick.[5] The decorative metal ceilings on the first floor and the elaborate woodwork are original to the building.


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Stanek, Edward and Jacqueline (1976). Iowa's Magnificent County Courthouses. Des Moines: Wallace-Homestead. p. 62. ISBN 0-87069-189-9. 
  3. ^ "Delaware County Courthouse". Iowa Judicial Branch. Retrieved 2011-03-03. 
  4. ^ Engineering Record 3 March 1894: 228.
  5. ^ "Delaware County Courthouse". Delaware County, Iowa. Archived from the original on 2011-07-09. Retrieved 2011-03-03.