Lucas County Courthouse (Iowa)

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Lucas County Courthouse
Lucas County, Iowa Courthouse.jpg
Lucas County Courthouse (Iowa) is located in Iowa
Lucas County Courthouse (Iowa)
Lucas County Courthouse (Iowa) is located in the US
Lucas County Courthouse (Iowa)
Location Courthouse Square
Chariton, Iowa
Coordinates 41°0′55″N 93°18′25″W / 41.01528°N 93.30694°W / 41.01528; -93.30694Coordinates: 41°0′55″N 93°18′25″W / 41.01528°N 93.30694°W / 41.01528; -93.30694
Built 1893
Built by G.J. Stewart & Co
Architectural style Romanesque
Part of Lucas County Courthouse Square Historic District (#14000324)
MPS County Courthouses in Iowa TR
NRHP Reference # 81000254[1]
Added to NRHP July 2, 1981

The Lucas County Courthouse in Chariton, Iowa, United States was built in 1893. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1981 as a part of the County Courthouses in Iowa Thematic Resource.[1] In 2014 it was included as a contributing property in the Lucas County Courthouse Square Historic District.[2] The courthouse is the third building the county has used for court functions and county administration.


Lucas County’s first courthouse was constructed of oak logs in 1850. The 1 12-story building was built for $374.[3] The second courthouse was a 50-square-foot (4.6 m2) building that cost between $15,000 and $20,000 to build.[4] Its foundation was made of logs.

The present courthouse was built of stone in the Romanesque Revival style.[1] A clock on the tower has been in operation since 1894.[5] The tower was originally topped by a spire.[3]


  1. ^ a b c National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Molly Myers Naumann. "Lucas County Courthouse Square Historic District" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2016-08-09. 
  3. ^ a b "Lucas County Courthouse". Iowa Judicial Branch. Retrieved 2011-02-24. 
  4. ^ Stanek, Edward and Jacqueline (1976). Iowa's Magnificent County Courthouses. Des Moines: Wallace-Homestead. p. 124. ISBN 0-87069-189-9. 
  5. ^ Harvey, Hank (Sep 11, 1994). "The other Lucas County - this one is in Iowa". Toledo Blade. p. 6. Retrieved 6 October 2015. 
Close view of the courthouse.