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Appanoose County Courthouse
U.S. Historic district
Contributing property
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Appanoose County Courthouse is located in Iowa
Appanoose County Courthouse
Location in Iowa
Appanoose County Courthouse is located in the United States
Appanoose County Courthouse
Location in the United States
Location Centerville, Iowa
Built 1903
Built by W.M. Peatman
Architect Smith & Gage
Architectural style Late 19th and 20th Century Revivals
Part of Courthouse Square Historic District (ID97001291)
MPS County Courthouses in Iowa TR
NRHP reference No. 81000225
Added to NRHP July 2, 1981

The Appanoose County Courthouse is located in the county seat of Centerville, Iowa, United States. The courthouse was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1981. In 1997 it was included as a contributing property in the Courthouse Square Historic District.

Appanoouse County Courthouse and lawn.
Appanoose County Courthouse in April 2019.


The first structure used for court purposes in Appanoose County was also used as a storeroom and a blacksmith's shop. The first true courthouse was a 24-by-20-foot (7.3 by 6.1 m) structure built in 1848 for $160 in Centerville. After the county outgrew this building, court sessions were held in the Methodist and Presbyterian churches while another courthouse was built. It was a two-story, brick building built for $23,000. In 1891 it was declared unsafe and condemned.

The architects for the present courthouse was the Des Moines architectural firm Smith and Gage. In February 1903 the contract, exclusive of heating and plumbing, was awarded to William Peatman, the amount of his bid being $69,900. The cornerstone was laid on May 21, 1903. The courthouse was dedicated on September 12, 1904, and rededicated in a festive ceremony on September 12, 2004.


The two-story rusticated limestone structure is built on a high foundation. Its eclectic appearance combines large polygonal bays and rock-faced stone from the medieval revivals with classical details found in the pediments and the pilastered main entrance. A large round arch window is located over the main entrance, and the building is capped with a two-stage central clock tower.

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