Pottawattamie County

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Pottawattamie County is named for the Pottawattamie Native American people who resided in the area.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Harrison County and Shelby County 

E – Cass County

S – Montgomery County and Mills County

W – Sarpy County, Nebraska,  Douglas County, Nebraska and Washington County, Nebraska

 

Created:  February 21, 1848                  Map of Iowa highlighting Pottawattamie County

County Seat:

Council   Bluffs  1848 – present

 

County Courthouse – Council Bluffs

 

Location:  227 South 6th Street / 5th Avenue

Built:  1977 – 1978

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Hollis and Miller

Contractor:  A Borchman Sons Company

 

Description: The building faces east and is a five story buff colored brick, concrete and glass structure. The building has a recessed entrance on the east side. Vertical brick dividers ascend to the fifth story which is solid brick. White colored concrete siding is below the brickwork. An east wing of two stories extends eastwards. The roof line is flat. In the interior is a two story central atrium with a state of Lady Justice on the second story. The fourth story has four courtrooms and the fifth story has four courtrooms. An east wing of two stories extends eastwards. The building houses the County District Court of the 4th Judicial District. In 2022 to 2023, an extension is under construction on the northeast side which will have a three story projecting center section with three high rectangular openings and a two story curved section on the northeast. The architect was HGM Architects of Council Bluffs and the contractor was Meco-Henne Contracting Inc. of Omaha, Nebraska. On the north side is a two story Courthouse Annex which was originally a church and the old County Jail built in 1885.

 

See:  The 4th Judicial District includes Audubon County, Cass CountyFremont CountyHarrison County, Mills CountyMontgomery CountyPage County and Shelby County

 

History:  The county was created in 1848 and Council Bluffs was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was built in 1848 and was abandoned for rented premises. The second courthouse was built in 1868 at a cost of $42,000. The third courthouse was designed by Eckel & Mann and constructed by Wickham Brothers in 1885 to 1888 at a cost of $141,800. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed in 1977 to 1978. The building was extended in 2022 to 2023.

 

 

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County Courthouse – Council Bluffs

 

 

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Statue of Lady Justice

 

 

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County District Court courtroom

 

 

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County District Court courtroom

 

 

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New Addition under constructio 2022

 

 

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County Courthouse Annex – Coulcil Bluffs

 

 

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Photos taken 2008 and 2022