Mitchell County Courthouse

500 State St., Osage, Iowa


Overview Looking Southwest

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in November 2012




The Mitchell County courthouse has been reduced to a pile of rubble in the first week of February 2014.

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on August 29, 1977
Reference number
Architectural styles
Mid 19th Century Revival: Exotic Revival; Victorian: Gothic; Victorian: Italianate
Areas of significance
Politics/Government; Architecture
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic function
Current function
Period of significance
Significant years
1858; 1870

Update Log 

  • February 12, 2014: Updated by Don Morrison: Landmark has been demolished
  • November 11, 2012: New photos from J.R. Manning



Mitchell County Courthouse
Posted October 29, 2015, by Don Morrison

New courthouse is up.

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Mitchell County Courthouse
Posted February 12, 2014, by Don Morrison

Drove by the courthouse square tonite, 2-12-2014. Building is a large pile of rubble surrounded by fencing. Sad.

Mitchell County Courthouse
Posted November 11, 2012, by J.R. Manning (thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

According to the wcfCourier, the $6.5 million referendum to build a new courthouse went down to defeat by a 3-2 margin. According to the same newspaper, supervisors said they would pursue building a new courthouse, anyway.

This is the third oldest continually operating courthouse in Iowa. According to Supervisor Joel Voaklander, in the same wcfCourier report, because of the referendum result the county board will now study the possibilities of rehabilitating the old courthouse.


Mitchell County Courthouse
Posted September 28, 2012, by Don Morrison (bacchus [at] mchsi [dot] com)

The Mitchell County courthouse is now closing due to structural problems in the walls and roof. Courthouse offices and personnel are being relocated to the Town & Country Plaza, a shopping center on east Main street, until repairs or replacement of this building are completed in 2 to 3 years.

Local citizens are trying to save the building from demolition.

The building's fate will be decided in the November 6, 2012 election.