Wapello County Courthouse
|Wapello County Courthouse|
|National Register of Historic Places|
The Wapello County Courthouse in Ottumwa
|location||Ottumwa , Wapello County , Iowa|
|architect||Foster & Liebbe|
|The NRHP added||1981|
The current building is Wapello County's fourth courthouse. The first building was a one-story log cabin that was demolished in 1846 for the construction of a new courthouse. In addition to the court and administration of the county, the building was also used as a church and school. In 1855 a new, larger brick building was built and the old courthouse was sold to the church. In 1891, the construction of today's justice and administration building began and its intended use was made after three years of construction.
The five-storey building was constructed from roughly hewn sandstone in the neo-Romanesque style based on a design by the architects Foster & Liebbe . Above the entrance is a statue of Chief Wapello of the Fox Indians who used to live here . Originally a clock tower placed at the corner to the right of the main entrance towered over the building about twice as high, but it was demolished in 1950.
In 1981 the building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places with reference number 81000272 .
- Extract from the National Register of Historic Places.Retrieved February 11, 2015