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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/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.
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.
It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.
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