Johnson County

US States / H-L / Iowa / Johnson County
1291I08

Johnson County is named for Richard Mentor Johnson, who was the ninth Vice President of the United States.

 

Created:  December 21, 1837

County Seat:

Napoleon   1838 – 1842

Iowa City    1842 – present

 

County Courthouse – Iowa City

 

Location:  417 Clinton Street / West Court Street

Built:  1899 – 1900

Style:  Richardsonian Romanesque Revival

Architect:  Rush, Bowman & Co. Ltd

Contractor:  Rowson & Son

 

Description: The building faces east and is a two story buff colored sandstone structure. The front has two rounded towers with conical roofs with the recessed entrance section in the center. The entrance has a large ornamented stone arch with impressive carvings. On the center of the roof is a large square stone tower with pitched roof. During construction, the superintendent was J J Holtz.

 

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

 

Note:  The first courthouse was built in Napoleon in 1838. The second courthouse was built in Iowa City in 1842 and the third courthouse was built in 1856. The cost of construction of the present courthouse was $111,000.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Linn County

E – Cedar County and Muscatine County

S – Louisa County and Washington County

W – Iowa County

 

 

 

 

1294i08

 

 

1292i08

 

 

1293i08

 

 

1295i08

 

 

1296i08

 

 

1297i08

 

 

x

Photos taken 2008