Lyon County Courthouse

3rd and Story Sts., Rock Rapids, Iowa

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Lyon County Courthouse

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Description 

Rock Rapids, located in the geographical center of Lyon County, was chosen as the first county seat. A successful vote at a general election led to the approval of a $15,000 contract for a courthouse in April, 1874. A two-story frame building was finished in 1875.

The second courthouse was built in 1916 and remains in nearly its original condition. The outer walls are made of cut Bedford stone lined with brick. The building measures approximately 110 feet by 71 feet and is 52 feet high. A full-size cast stone lion guards the main entryway and Italian marble lines the corridors leading to a rotunda. The building cost $109,695.13.

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 1, 1979
Reference number
79000913
Architectural style
Late 19th and 20th Century Revival: Beaux Arts
Area of significance
Architecture
Level of significance
Local
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction
Property type
Building
Historic function
Courthouse
Current function
Courthouse
Period of significance
1900-1924
Significant years
1916; 1917

Update Log 

  • June 6, 2013: Updated by Dave King: Added Description

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