Sunday, March 29, 2009

Woodbury County Courthouse in Sioux City

Woodbury County was named for Levi Woodbury, who served as governor of New Hampshire, Secretary of the Navy and Treasury, and Justice of the United States Supreme Court.

Woodbury County’s first courthouse was a three-story brick structure built in Sioux City in 1858.

An ornate three-story courthouse constructed of brick and Kasota stone, designed by William L. Foster, was completed in 1878. It featured a mansard roof with iron details, and a domed tower.

Woodbury County’s current courthouse is a brick Prairie School style designed by W. L. Steele, in colloboration with Purcell and Elmslie. Completed in 1918, the brick structure features a two-story base with a tall central tower, terracotta details and colorful tiles. The Woodbury County courthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.

Visit the Woodbury County web site for more information.

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