Allamakee County Court House

110 Allamakee St., Waukon, Iowa

Depression-era PWA Moderne building of pressed brick and Bedford limestone.


Overview Looking Northwest

Photo taken by J.R. Manning



Street View 


The architectural style of the building is known as Depression Modern or PWA Moderne. The exterior of the building is composed of pressed brick and Bedford limestone. On the interior the central corridors extend the length of the building and various county offices open onto the corridor. [3] The interior featured a monochromatic color palate and terrazzo floors that were laid out in large squares. The corridors were finished in plaster and marble and aluminum handrails were used in the staircases. There were more structural problems associated with this courthouse that any others that were built in the PWA era in Iowa. A Civil War monument dating from the 1920s stands on the courthouse grounds.

"Allamakee County Courthouse" Iowa Judicial Branch. Retrieved 2011-02-10, quoted by Wikipedia. (See "Links" below.)

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on August 28, 2003
Reference number
Architectural style
Other architectural type; PWA Moderne
Area of significance
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event
Property type
Historic function
Current function
Periods of significance
1925-1949; 1950-1974
Significant year
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 1
Contributing sites: 1
Contributing objects: 2

Update Log 

  • February 12, 2018: New Street View added by Bill Eichelberger
  • May 27, 2012: Updated by J.R. Manning: Corrected GPS Coordinates, added description and added photos
  • May 27, 2012: New photos from J.R. Manning