Madison County Courthouse (Iowa)

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Madison County Courthouse
Madison County, Iowa Courthouse.jpg
Madison County Courthouse (Iowa) is located in Iowa
Madison County Courthouse (Iowa)
Madison County Courthouse (Iowa) is located in the US
Madison County Courthouse (Iowa)
Location City Sq.
Winterset, Iowa
Coordinates 41°20′06″N 94°00′50″W / 41.33500°N 94.01389°W / 41.33500; -94.01389Coordinates: 41°20′06″N 94°00′50″W / 41.33500°N 94.01389°W / 41.33500; -94.01389
Area less than one acre
Built 1876
Architect Alfred H. Piquenard
Architectural style Renaissance Revival
Part of Winterset Courthouse Square Commercial Historic District (#15000915)
MPS County Courthouses in Iowa TR (AD)
NRHP Reference # 76000790[1]
Added to NRHP August 13, 1976

The Madison County Courthouse is in Winterset, Iowa. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1981 as a part of the County Courthouses in Iowa Thematic Resource.[1] It was included as a contributing property in the Winterset Courthouse Square Commercial Historic District in 2015.[2] The courthouse is the third building the county has used for court functions and county administration.


Courthouse in 1869

The county's first courthouse was a log structure built in 1849 on Monumental Square in Winterset.[3] The building was also used for a school, church, and resting spot for travelers. A stone courthouse was built and it included the jail on the second floor. It was destroyed in an 1875 fire.

The present courthouse was built in 1876. The Renaissance Revival structure has four wings which join to form a Greek cross. A silver-colored dome reaches a height of 136 feet (41.5 m) into the air and it contains a 1500-pound (680.4 kg) bell.[3] The interior features woodwork of solid walnut. The building was built for about $120,000.[4]


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Leah D. Roger. "Winterset Courthouse Square Commercial Historic District" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2016-07-21. 
  3. ^ a b "Madison County Courthouse". Iowa Judicial Branch. Retrieved 2011-02-15. 
  4. ^ Stanek, Edward and Jacqueline (1976). Iowa's Magnificent County Courthouses. Des Moines: Wallace-Homestead. p. 128. ISBN 0-87069-189-9.