Guthrie County

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Guthrie

Guthrie County is named for Edwin B Guthrie, who was a soldier in the American-Mexican War.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Carroll County and Greene County

E – Dallas County

S – Adair County

W – Audubon County

 

Created:  July 8, 1851                            Map of Iowa highlighting Guthrie County

County Seat:

Panora              1851 – 1859

Guthrie Center  1859 – present

 

County Courthouse – Guthrie Center

 

Location:  200 North 5th Street / Main Street

Built:  1963 – 1964

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Dougher-Frevert-Ramsey

Contractor:  Allied Engineering Company Inc.

 

Description: The building faces west and is a two story red colored brick and concrete  structure. The rectangular shaped building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of Guthrie City. The west front has a one story portico towards the south with glass entrance. Towards the north there are vertical concrete dividers between the windows and pink colored panels between the upper and lower windows. The roof line is flat. In the interior, the hallways run north-south along the west windows. The County District Court courtroom is located at the southwest corner of the second story. The building houses the County District Court of the 5A Judicial District. On the north side is the two story red colored brick and concrete County Law Enforcement Center constructed in 2022 to 2023. The architect was Shive-Hattery Inc. of Des Moines and the contractor was The Samuels Group of West Des Moines.

 

See:  The 5A Judicial District includes Dallas County, Jasper County, Madison County, Marion County and Warren County.

 

History:  The county was created in 1851 and Panora was selected as the county seat. The county seat was moved to Guthrie Center in 1859. The first courthouse was built in 1859 at a cost of $2,400. The second courthouse was built in 1877 at a cost of $22,500 and burned on March 3, 1882, The third courthouse was designed by Blake & Lee and constructed by John E Motz in 1883. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed in 1963 to 1964 at a cost of $417,000. The County Law Enforcement Center was constructed in 2022 to 2023.

 

 

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County Courthouse – Guthrie Center

 

 

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County Courthouse before 2023 addition

 

 

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County Courthouse after 2023 addition

 

 

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County District Court courtroom

 

 

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Picture 1883 County Courthouse

 

 

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Picture 1877 County Courthouse

 

 

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County Law Enforcement Center addition

 

 

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Photos taken 2008 and 2024