Dubuque County was established in 1834, named for Julien Dubuque, the first European settler in Iowa. The city of Dubuque was established in 1833; this first Iowa settlement became the county seat.
Dubuque’s first courthouse was a log structure built in 1838, replaced in 1843 by a brick building. Dubuque’s third courthouse was designed by local architect, Fridolin Heer & Son, and built in 1891. The red brick and Bedford stone structure features Beaux Arts architectural style, which includes Romanesque and Renaissance features. Several statues watch over the city from the roof, and Lady Justice stands atop the cupola’s golden dome. The Dubuque County courthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.
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