United States Post Office and Courthouse (Keokuk, Iowa)

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U.S. Post Office and Courthouse
Lee County Courthouse in 1900.jpg
Courthouse in 1900
United States Post Office and Courthouse (Keokuk, Iowa) is located in Iowa
United States Post Office and Courthouse (Keokuk, Iowa)
United States Post Office and Courthouse (Keokuk, Iowa) is located in USA
United States Post Office and Courthouse (Keokuk, Iowa)
Location 25 N. 7th St.
Keokuk, Iowa
Coordinates 40°23′51″N 91°23′2″W / 40.39750°N 91.38389°W / 40.39750; -91.38389Coordinates: 40°23′51″N 91°23′2″W / 40.39750°N 91.38389°W / 40.39750; -91.38389
Area 0.7 acres (0.28 ha)
Built 1887
Architect Mifflin E. Bell
Architectural style Late Victorian, round-arch Victorian
NRHP Reference # 74000796[1]
Added to NRHP January 24, 1974

The U.S. Post Office and Courthouse, now known as the South Lee County Courthouse, is a historic building located in Keokuk, Iowa, United States. It reflects Late Victorian and "round-arch Victorian" architecture.[2] The main building was built from the laying the foundation in April 1887 to its completion on September 30, 1888.[2] The corner tower tower was originally built at five stories, but was extended to seven stories in 1890. In 1956 an addition was built onto the rear of the building to add space to the workroom. It served historically as a Federal courthouse and as a post office, and it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. The building was acquired by Lee County and renovated in 1992 as a courthouse for the southern part of the county. The Iowa General Assembly had established Keokuk as the second county seat in 1848, making Lee County as the only Iowa county that has more than one courthouse.[3] The Sullivan Line was used to divide the county into northern and southern sections.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Staff (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b Buford L. Pickens. "U.S. Post Office and Courthouse" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2015-12-09. 
  3. ^ "Lee County Courthouse". Iowa Judicial Branch. Retrieved 2015-12-15.