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Dubuque County Courthouse #1 of 2

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 10 January 2019 in Architecture and Portfolio.

The Dubuque County Courthouse is located in Dubuque, Iowa. The current building was built in 1891 to replace an earlier building that was built in 1839. The courthouse serves as the center of county government offices, and is a dominant landmark in the downtown Dubuque area. It is located at Seventh and Central Ave in Dubuque.

The Dubuque County Courthouse is on the National Register of Historic Places. It was one of the first buildings in the Dubuque area so honored. Fridolin Heer – who designed several other notable buildings in Dubuque – was chosen as the architect for this project. Heer decided to use Beaux Arts Architecture – a large and grand style with a great amount of detail, large columns, elaborate moldings, and free standing statuary in the design of the courthouse.

The building is 88 feet by 125 feet in size. A 190 foot high central tower is capped with a bronze statue of Lady Justice that is 14 feet tall. Other pewter statues are also on the building. Several other statues were taken down during World War I and melted down to provide material for the war effort.

A three-shot panoramic view captured on October 15, 2018.

NIKON D7000 1/90 second F/8.0 ISO 100 27 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Handsome house, interesting history and succesful photo.

10 Jan 2019 5:30am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Ce blanc et ce brun clair quelle lumirèe et msie en valeur quel rendu sur la façade superbe
Belle journée

10 Jan 2019 5:35am

By Marie from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Beautiful building in a fantastic light.

10 Jan 2019 5:48am

Martine Girard from brest, France

Très joli bâtiment sur ce fond de ciel bleu.

10 Jan 2019 5:53am

claudine/canelle from Lorient, France

Grandeur pour ce palais de justice ! Très beau patrimoine

10 Jan 2019 7:04am

yoshimiparis from France

what a sumptuous building!

10 Jan 2019 7:15am

Ralf Kesper from Fröndenberg, Germany

Very nice mix of Art Nouveau and American architecture style

10 Jan 2019 8:02am

Existence Artistique from Angers, France


10 Jan 2019 8:07am

Pascale MD from Occitanie, France

Très belle construction et architecture.
Bonne journée Steven

10 Jan 2019 8:42am

jpla from St Barthélémy, France

Une belle bâtisse

10 Jan 2019 9:12am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Magnificent !!

10 Jan 2019 9:30am

Libouton Martine from Bousval, Belgium

Un magnifique batiment

10 Jan 2019 9:33am

Marcel P. from Wallonie picarde, Belgium

Très beau style !

10 Jan 2019 10:39am

Shaun from Massachusetts, United States

A superb look at this very impressive building. Excellent color and detail. 5*

10 Jan 2019 10:44am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

lovely architectural capture against that brilliant blue sky.

10 Jan 2019 10:58am

MEC from Setúbal, Portugal

But what a beautiful building!

10 Jan 2019 12:09pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

I love the light and deep blue background. I like this point of view showing off the architectural details.

10 Jan 2019 2:59pm

Devi from Chennai, India

Beautiful architecture . Thank you for the write up too :)

10 Jan 2019 3:04pm

The Yum List from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

What a lovely old building and again those stunning blue skies make a brilliant backdrop.

10 Jan 2019 3:05pm

jeanmadis from Chonburi, Thailand

Originale architecture, l'image est impeccable et bien éclairée !

10 Jan 2019 3:30pm

Denny Jump from Bellevue, WA, United States

This is just a fantastic structure!!! I love it! And thank you for your always very complete and informative posts ;-)

10 Jan 2019 4:19pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

A wonderful image accompanied by some very interesting words. Thanks for sharing them here.

10 Jan 2019 4:36pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Superb photo !!

10 Jan 2019 5:51pm

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Wow... Merveilleux. Tu es un spécialiste du cadrage. Bravo.

10 Jan 2019 5:56pm

willy from Belgium

une superbe photo de cette belle bâtisse Steven


10 Jan 2019 7:09pm

Don from Spokane, United States

A beautiful classic looking building. Interesting history.

10 Jan 2019 7:48pm

yo from Ile de France, France

Une architecture remarquable !

10 Jan 2019 9:05pm

Nina from Hamburg, Germany

beautiful architecture, really an impressive building with the bronze-colored tower

10 Jan 2019 10:16pm

London Caller from United Kingdom

The design of this courthouse is so spectacular.
Looks like a grand hotel!
Courts in Malaysia are usually painted white.

10 Jan 2019 10:39pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

The building is absolutely gorgeous, stately, and resplendent in your equally superb shot with that perfect blue sky to make the architecture pop.

11 Jan 2019 1:01am

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

I love to see a County Courthouse, especially one with an interesting history.

11 Jan 2019 2:00am

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

This building is gorgeous. I love the architecture, especially the arched windows and the color combination. It is magnificent building.

11 Jan 2019 2:36am

Elizabeth Buckalew from Flagstaff, United States

Just the kind of architecture I'd expect in the mid west! Love it!

11 Jan 2019 4:02am

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

impressive architecture

11 Jan 2019 4:04am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A gorgeous image of this elegant courthouse. I like the red and white color scheme.

11 Jan 2019 4:55am

Ginnie from Netherlands

What a magnificent structure, Steven. You're reminding me of one of the things I most love in the south (like Georgia, where I lived for 25 years): the court-house squares.

11 Jan 2019 6:10am

Marjolein from Westvoorne, Netherlands

What a beautiful building

11 Jan 2019 8:30am

Remus from Portugal

The three photos combined, allowed to know the beautiful building completely.
Beautiful luminosity and warm colors.

11 Jan 2019 5:38pm

Nelida De La Fuente from Tres Arroyos, Argentina

Espectacular vista, con maravilloso color y luz. ***** Buenos días.

12 Jan 2019 9:04am

yoshimiparis from France

this courthouse is really a very impressive building!
I wanted to go see on google map to realize its greatness, but the city of Dubuque is much too big for me to find it.
Could you give me the link please? Thank you

13 Jan 2019 6:55am

@yoshimiparis: HERE is the link.

Urspo from phoenix, Algeria

Lovely photo but it is a den of iniquity

14 Jan 2019 3:05am

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

magnificent architectural design

15 Jan 2019 2:08am

yoshimiparis from France

thank you so much :D

17 Jan 2019 7:44am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

I somehow missed this at the time - what a grand building !

17 Jan 2019 9:20am

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

odd as i look back to this one that i didn't notice the golden dome. i think i was so struck with the symmetry of the structure.

17 Jan 2019 11:19pm