Monroe County

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Monroe

Monroe County is named for James Monroe, who was the fifth President of the United States from 1817 to 1825.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Marion County and Mahaska County 

E – Wapello County

S – Appanoose County

W – Lucas County

 

Created:  February 17, 1843                  Map of Iowa highlighting Monroe County

County Seat:

Albia  1843 – present

 

County Courthouse – Albia

 

Location:  10 Benton Avenue East / Main Street

Built:  1902 – 1903

Style:  Renaissance Revival

Architect:  O O Smith

Contractor:  James Rowan and Son

 

Description: The building faces south and is a three story buff colored sandstone and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Albia. The south front and the other three sides have a slightly projecting centre section which rises to a pediment above the roof line. On the east and west sides are square towers rising to a small white colored dome. A projecting cornice runs below the roof line. On the center of the roof is high square stone tower with clock and four small parapets. The courtroom is located on the northeast side of the third story. The building houses the County District Court of the 8A Judicial District. 

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Monroe County Courthouse

 

See:  The 8A Judicial District includes Appanoose County, Davis CountyJefferson CountyKeokuk CountyMahaska CountyPoweshiek County, Van Buren CountyWapello County and Washington County.

 

History:  The county was created in 1843 as Kishkekosh County. The first courthouse was built in 1846. The courthouse was torn down in 1860 and the second courthouse, a medieval style was built.  The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1902 to 1903 at a cost of $100,000.

 

 

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County Courthouse – Albia

 

 

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Photos taken 2008