Polk County

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Polk

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

 

Created:  January 26, 1856

County Seat:

Osceola  1856 – present

 

County Courthouse – Osceola  

 

Location:  400 Hawkeye Street / North State Street

Built:  1921 – 1922

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  William F Gernandt of Omaha

Contractor:  John L Soderberg & Company of Omaha

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a three story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The south front has a projecting center section with two large white colored columns rising to a wide header above the third story. The entrance is recessed. The cornice runs along the roof line. A white colored horizontal belt runs below the second story windows. The building sits at the north side of Courthouse Square.

 

Note:  The previous courthouse was designed by T D Allen and constructed by John Bell in 1882. The cost of construction of the  present courthouse was $203,132.

 

See:  The architect, William F Gernandt of Omaha, designed courthouses in Clay County, Dawson County, Merrick County, Pawnee CountyPhelps County, Richardson County, Sarpy CountyValley County and Webster County.

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Polk County Courthouse

 

Courthouses: 

N – Merrick County and Platte County

E – Butler County

S – York County

W – Hamilton County and Merrick County

 

 

 

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Photos taken 2009