Jasper County

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Jasper

Jasper County is named for William Jasper, who was a Sergeant in the American Revolutionary War.

 

Created:  January 13, 1846

County Seat:

Newton  1846 – present

 

County Courthouse – Newton

 

Location:  101 1st Street North / 1st Avenue East

Built:  1909 – 1911

Style:  Neo-Classical or Beaux Arts

Architect:  Proudfoot & Bird of Des Moines

Contractor:  James Rowson & Son

 

Description: The building faces north and is a three story Indiana limestone structure with modified Georgian Colonial detail. The first story is horizontal stone with the north entrance having a small balcony above. Four large columns rise from the second story to the top of the third story. A cornice projects below the roof line. On the roof center rises a large octagonal dome with clock and round dome. Inside the rotunda has paintings around the high dome. During construction, the supervisor was Norman A Price. The building was renovated in 1986.

 

Note:  On the second floor at each side of the rotunda are two Doric columns, eight in all, between which hallways lead to the suites of office rooms. The third floor is similar to the second, the marble columns being of the more ornate ionic design. Above these columns, in the four arches of the pendentive dome of the rotunda, are four emblematic paintings, by Edgar Cameron of Chicago, and each are illustrative of some incident in Jasper County’s history. On the south side is a scene of a prairie fire and a herd of buffalo: on the east is a group of United States soldiers, camped on the banks of the Skunk River, west of Newton in the 1840′s: on the north a scene of the departing Indian and the coming of the white man, his cabin and domestic surroundings; and, on the west may be seen the town square, courthouse, and soldier boys leaving for the front in Civil War days, and the teams and the relatives of the newly enlisted men, with waving flags, as they bid home and loved ones “good-bye”. These paintings are all genuine works of art and add materially to the charm of the building.

 

See:  The contractor, James Rowson and Son, also constructed courthouses in Dallas County and Johnson County.

 

Note:  The court met in the home of Matthew D Springer in 1846. The first courthouse was built in Newton in 1847. The second courthouse was built by John Hyde in 1857 at a cost of $26,000. The cost of construction of the present courthouse was $200,000.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Story County and Marshall County

E – Poweshiek County

S – Mahaska County and Marion County

W – Polk County

 

 

 

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Photos taken 2008 and 2012