Lee County Courthouse (Iowa)

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Lee County Courthouse
Lee County Courthouse, Fort Madison.jpg
Lee County Courthouse (Iowa) is located in Iowa
Lee County Courthouse (Iowa)
Lee County Courthouse (Iowa) is located in USA
Lee County Courthouse (Iowa)
Location 701 Ave. F
Fort Madison, Iowa
Coordinates 40°37′55″N 91°18′36″W / 40.63194°N 91.31000°W / 40.63194; -91.31000Coordinates: 40°37′55″N 91°18′36″W / 40.63194°N 91.31000°W / 40.63194; -91.31000
Built 1842
Architectural style Greek Revival
Part of Park-to-Park Residential Historic District (#14001069)
MPS County Courthouses in Iowa TR
NRHP Reference # 76000777 [1]
Added to NRHP September 30, 1976

The Lee County Courthouse in Fort Madison, Iowa, United States was built in 1842. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976 as a part of the County Courthouses in Iowa Thematic Resource.[1] The courthouse serves the court functions and county administration for the northern part of Lee County, and is the county’s first courthouse. Southern Lee County is served from a courthouse in Keokuk in a former Federal Courthouse building. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the U.S. Post Office and Courthouse.


Construction began on the courthouse in 1841. The courthouse and the jail were completed the following year for about $12,000.[2] The basement walls are constructed of stone and the upper walls are faced in brick. Four large Tuscan columns hold up the porch roof on the Greek Revival style building. After it was completed the seat of county government moved to West Point. From 1843 to 1845 the Fort Madison courthouse was rented out. County voters chose Fort Madison as the county seat in an election in 1845, and the courthouse has been used for county business since that time.[3] The Iowa General Assembly established Keokuk as the second county seat in 1848, making Lee County as the only Iowa county that has more than one courthouse.[4] The Sullivan Line was used to divide the county into northern and southern sections.[4] The Fort Madison courthouse was extensively remodeled in 1876, and included the construction of a cupola that was part of the building's original designs. It was lost in a fire in 1911, and not replaced when the building was renovated. Two additions were built onto the rear of the courthouse, probably during the above-mentioned renovations.[3]


  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. 120. ISBN 0-87069-189-9. 
  3. ^ a b Mrs. John Keenan. "Lee County Courthouse" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2015-12-09. 
  4. ^ a b "Lee County Courthouse". Iowa Judicial Branch. Retrieved 2015-12-14.