Sunday in Iowa...

 The detail of the marble  stairs to the rotunda
in the Mahaska County Courthouse, Iowa  
As I sat waiting in the rotunda of this beautiful old courthouse, I wanted to share the workmanship of the stair railings, and these portraits of Lincoln and Washington hang across from each other in the rotunda.  Notice a glimpse of the American flag in the mirror under Washington's portrait.  In this rural county, America and the 4th of July are alive and well.

The present 3 story brick courthouse was built in the Romanesque Revival style on part of the Oskaloosa public park. It was built at a cost of $132,000 and was dedicated in 1886.  It has been carefully maintained over the years.  The original frame courthouse was built in 1844-1846.


  1. I've always fancied the older buildings inside and out. Your courthouse is very pretty. Is the outside have any decorations. I've always like the little towns which have these kind of beautiful old structures. Little town America glad it's still there.

    1. Faith...we put up a photo of the outside; the roof and exterior have been renovated in the last few years.

  2. What a beautiful court house building and gorgeous stairway as well. I even noticed the time on the clock on the outside of the courthouse; just a couple minutes after 5.
    Thanks for sharing your lovely photos with us.

  3. Very fancy railing.
    What a neat looking building.


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