Seward County

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Seward

Seward County is named for William H Seward ( 1801-1872 ), senator from New York and leader of the anti-slavery wing of the Whig Party, and who served as Secretary of State arranging the purchase of Alaska.

 

Created:  January 26, 1856

County Seat:

Seward  1856 – present

 

County Courthouse –  Seward  

 

Location:  529 Main Street / North 5th Street

Built:  1905 – 1906

Style:  Beaux Arts

Architect:  George A Berlinghof of Beatrice

Contractor:  Marxen & Rokahr of Avoca, Iowa

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a three story Bedford Indiana limestone structure. The south front has a large arch at the entrance on the first story with four columns above and pediment at the roof line. On the center of the roof is an octagonal dome with red colored roof.

 

Note:  The wining bid for construction of the courthouse was $80,350. The contract for heating and plumbing was awarded to L W Pomerene and Company of Lincoln, and the contract for electrical work was awarded to John Martz of Seward.

 

See:  The architect, George A Berlinghof of Beatrice, designed courthouses in Colfax County, Franklin County, Greeley County, Howard CountyKearney County, Lincoln CountyNemaha County and Thayer County; and in Iowa in Crawford County.

 

See:  The contractor, Marxen & Rokahr of Avoca, Iowa, also constructed the courthouse in Iowa in Crawford County.

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Seward County Courthouse

 

Courthouses: 

N – Butler County

E – Lancaster County

S – Saline County

W – York County

 

 

 

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Photos taken 2009