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Polk County Courthouse

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Identification

Polk County Courthouse
123044

Map

Structure in General

high-rise building
existing [completed]
limestone
beaux-arts / historism

Usages

court house

Facts

  • The interior features a central rotunda, with a gallery of murals on the fourth level depicting scenes from local history.
  • The Polk County Courthouse is the third courthouse building to occupy this site.
  • It is designed in a modified Renaissance - or Beaux-Arts Classical - style, with a gray limestone facade featuring a rusticated base and rows of pilasters above. The lower block is topped by a 116-foot tall tower with large clock faces and 28 sculptured masks in the keystones of the arched second level windows.
  • It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.
  • The Polk County Courthouse was named one of the 50 Most Significant Iowa Buildings of the 20th Century by the Iowa chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

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Location

500-524 Mulberry Street
501-523 Cherry Street, 101-123 6th Avenue, 100-122 5th Avenue
500 Mulberry Street
50309
Des Moines
Iowa
U.S.A.

Technical Data

160.00 ft
4
1900
1906

Involved Companies

Proudfoot & Bird

Features & Amenities

  • National landmark
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