Polk County

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Polk County is named for James Knox Polk, who was the eleventh President of the United States of America.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Boone County and Story County

E – Jasper County

S – Warren County

W – Dallas County


Created:  January 13, 1846                    Map of Iowa highlighting Polk County

County Seat:

Des   Moines  1846 – present


County Courthouse – Des Moines


Location:  500 Southwest 7th Street / Court Street

Built:  1902 – 1906

Style:  Federalist

Architect:  Proudfoot & Bird of Des Moines

Contractor:  Columbian Fireproofing Company


Description: The building faces east and is a four story gray colored stone structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Des Moines. The center section forms a projecting portico with three arches on the first story and eight columns rising from the third story to the top of the fourth story. There is a large square tower on each corner. On the center of the building is a high square clock tower with cupola on the top. The interior has marble columns, large rotunda and murals by Charles A. Cummings and Edward Simmons. Cleveland Ohio Stone Company had the contract to supply the Grey Canyon Sandstone. The building houses the County District Court of the 5C Judicial District.


History:  The county was created in 1846 and Des Moines was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was built in 1847 at a cost of $2,015. The second courthouse was designed by Dyer H Young and built by Isaac Cooper in 1858 at a cost of $103,000. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1902 to 1906 at a cost of $750,000.



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County Administration – Des Moines




Location:  111 Court Street / 2nd Street

Built:  1906 – 1908

Style: Neo-Classical

Architect:  James Knox Taylor

Contractor:  Unknown


Description: The building is a three story gray colored stone structure. The building served as the United States Post Office until it was remodeled in 1974 as the County Administration when a modern section was added on the south side.


See:  Located in the county is the Iowa Supreme Court




County Courthouse – Des Moines
















Photos taken 2008