Monday, March 30, 2009

Louisa County Courthouse in Wapello

Louisa County was named for Louisa Massey of Dubuque, or Louisa County in Virginia

Louisa County’s first courthouse was constructed with cottonwood logs in 1838 in Lower Wapello.

In 1840, a one-story brick courthouse was built by Samuel Kirkpatrick. It was later used as a school.

A larger courthouse was constructed in 1854, using stone quarried nearby.

Louisa County’s current courthouse, a Beaux Arts Classical design with Art Deco details by architects Keffer, Jones, and Thomas was completed in Wapello in 1928. It is a two-story structure constructed with tan colored brick and trimmed with stone. The Louisa County courthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1981.

Visit the Louisa County web site for more information.

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