Union County Courthouse (Iowa)

The Union County Courthouse is located in Creston, Iowa, United States. It is the fourth building used as a court house in Union County.

Union County Courthouse
Union County IA Courthouse.jpg
Union County Courthouse
General information
TypeCourthouse
Architectural styleModern
Address300 N Pine St.
Town or cityCreston, Iowa
CountryUnited States
Coordinates41°03′36″N 94°21′43″W / 41.060045°N 94.361875°W / 41.060045; -94.361875
Completed1952
Technical details
Floor countTwo
Design and construction
Architecture firmThomas W. Williamson and Victor Loebsack and Associates
Main contractorO.D. Mulligan Construction Company

HistoryEdit

Court functions were initially held in rented rooms in private residences in Afton. The first courthouse was a frame structure built in 1857. The building was also used as a school and a church. The Baptist congregation paid a quarter of the costs to purchase the bell.[1] Stone for the second courthouse, completed in 1872, was quarried along the Grand River. The third courthouse, completed in 1890, was built in Creston by the citizens of that town as an inducement to have the county seat moved there.

The present courthouse replaced it in 1952. A $300,000 bond issue passed in 1946, and the Modernist structure was completed in 1952.[2] It was designed by Thomas W. Williamson and Victor Loebsack and Associates, and built by O.D. Mulligan Construction Company. It is a three-story concrete and glass structure. The main facade features a central pavilion that projects from the main building and is faced with dark red colored stone. Two concrete pillars divide the recessed windows and doorway. The roof is flat

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ Stanek, Edward and Jacqueline (1976). Iowa's Magnificent County Courthouses. Des Moines: Wallace-Homestead. p. 182. ISBN 0-87069-189-9.
  2. ^ "Union County Courthouse". Iowa Judicial Branch. Retrieved 2015-12-14.