Cerro Gordo County

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Cerro Gordo County is named for the battle of Cerro Gordo during the Mexican-American War.


Created:  January 15, 1851

County Seat:

Mason   City  1855 – 1856

Livonia           1856 – 1858

Mason City    1858 – present


County Courthouse – Mason City


Location:  220 North Washington Avenue / 3rd Street NW

Built:  1936 – 1937

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown


Description: The building faces east and is a three story buff colored brick and concrete structure. Light coloured stone frames the east entrance. White finished concrete faces the east front with a stone frame. A bell tower stands separately at the southeast corner. The building was previously the Standard Oil Building. The building was renovated in 1941. The County acquired and renovated the building in 1959. The architect was Liebenberg & Kaplan Architects and Engineers. The building was expanded in 1977 and 1978. The architect was Associated Engineers..


Note:  The first courthouse was built in Livonia 1856. The second courthouse was built in Mason City in 1866. The previous courthouse was designed by William Rush and Bowman & Company and constructed by Northern Building Company in 1902 at a cost 0f $64,000.



N – Worth County

E – Mitchell County and Floyd County

S – Franklin County

W – Hancock County























Photos taken 2008 and 2010