Montgomery County Courthouse

Montgomery County Courthouse

105 East Coolbaugh Street, Red Oak, IA, USA

Year Built:



H.C. Koch and Co.


Richardsonian Romanesque


The Montgomery County Courthouse, completed in 1890 of red limestone and of Richardsonian Romanesque design is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Courthouse was the subject of a woodcut purchased by Edmund Osborne and Thomas D. Murphy in 1888 while under construction. Needing to offset the expense, the two sold advertising to surround a calendar and a copy of the woodcut print. Subsequently, Red Oak became known as the birthplace of the art calendar industry.

Modifications: none

Height: Four story with raised basement.

Walls: Brick and rock-faced stone.

Windows: Variety, includes wood 1/1 windows, some with transoms.

Stylistic features: Towers, turrets, finials, cresting, large polygonal bay, clock tower

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73 Historical Buildings, 1 Historical Site, and 8 Historical Objects.

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