The original Adair county courthouse was located in Fontanelle, Iowa, but in 1874 the county seat moved to Greenfield. Between then and 1892, three other buildings were used, two of which were constructed for the purpose but destroyed by fire. For about three years, from 1889-1892, they conducted courthouse business in the opera house on the town square. The current, brick courthouse, designed in the Romanesque Revival style, has been in use since 1892. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the two and a half story high building has a limestone foundation. Limestone was also used in the water table, above the windows, aid for thecapitals of the pilasters and arch over the entrance. Although you can't see it from this perspective, the building has gabled dormers and a hip roof - which means all four sides slope toward the center.
October 23rd, 2022
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