Some time ago, I posted about the Marshall County Courthouse in Marshalltown, Iowa. We visited during the winter, and the clock tower was closed for the season. So, during the summer of 2015, we called the county Board of Supervisors, and Lisa Gassman kindly agreed to give us a tour.
Courthouses that allow visitors to climb the stairs up to the clock tower are few and far between, so we were especially grateful for this opportunity.
There were a lot of stairs to climb, and we relished the view from each level of the building. Gassman is an excellent docent, and she told us all about the building's history.
As I mentioned in an earlier post, the Marshall County Courthouse in Marshalltown, Iowa, was built between 1884 and 1886 on land given to the county by the town's founder, Henry Anson, with the provision that a courthouse costing at least $100,000 would be built. Construction costs totalled just short of $150,000. A statue of Anson stands outside the courthouse. The courthouse roof also features three statues, one of which is Lady Justice.
The courtroom features a beautiful high ceiling. The woodwork, the upholstery on the old jurors' seats, and even the door-hinges are carefully detailed.
Marshall County was named in honor of John Marshall, the fourth Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court. I thoroughly enjoyed my tour of the courthouse and would rank the building among the more beautiful courthouses in the state.