Madison County

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Madison County is named for James Madison, who was the fourth President of the United States of America.


Created:  January 13, 1846

County Seat:

Winterset  1849 – present


County Courthouse – Winterset


Location:  112 North John Wayne Avenue / Jefferson Street

Built:  1876 – 1878

Style:  Italianate-Revival-Classical

Architect:  Andrew H Piquenard

Contractor:  Jacob Reichard


Description: The building faces north and is a two story native limestone structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the centre of Winterset. The building has four wings which join to form a Greek cross. The north front has a one story portico supported by eight thin columns with three arched windows on the second story. There is a portico on each wing. On the center of the roof is a silver colored dome with bell, clock and small cupola at the top. The interior has solid walnut woodwork. The courtroom is located on the second story.


Note:  The first courthouse was a log cabin built in 1849 at a cost of $150. The second courthouse was a gray limestone structure built in 1868 and a fire on October 2, 1875 destroyed the building.  The cost of construction of the present and third courthouse was $116,000. The stone was quarried and cut by local laborers.



N – Dallas County

E – Warren County

S – Clarke County and Union County

W – Adair County





County Courthouse



















Photos taken 2008