Lafayette County is named for Marie Joseph Paul Lafayette, who was a French general who fought in the American Revolutionary War and who lived from 1757 to 1834.
Created: January 31, 1846
Shullberg 1853 – 1866
Darlington 1866 – present
County Courthouse – Darlington
Location: 626 Main Street / Harriet Street
Built: 1905 – 1907
Style: Classical Revival
Architect: Frank W Kinney & Meno S Detweiler of Minneapolis, Minnesota
Contractor: General Construction Company.
Description: The building faces east and is a two story limestone and sandstone structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds. The east front has a high portico supported by two columns rising to a pediment at the roof line. On the center of the roof is a high square open cupola with clock and green colored dome.
Note: The previous courthouse was built in 1861. The cost of construction of the present courthouse was $105,360.
N – Iowa County
E – Green County
W – Grant County
Photos taken 2006