Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Bremer County Courthouse in Waverly

Bremer County was named for Fredricka Bremer, a Swedish novelist.

Bremer County’s first courthouse was a small frame building built in Waverly in 1854, and served the county until 1857.

1857 a two-story brick Greek Revival courthouse with a dome was built. All the lumber, stone, and brick used in its construction came from the county. It did not have a vault, so in 1870 a fireproof brick building was built adjacent to safely store county records.

Bremer County’s current courthouse is a PWA Moderne design by Mortimer B. Cleveland. Constructed in 1937 with pressed brick and trimmed with stone, the courthouse is three stories high at the center, and two stories high on each wing. The Bremer County courthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2003.

Visit the Bremer County web site for more information.

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