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Paul Ringstrom



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2018 11:29 am    Post subject: Woodbury County Courthouse photos Reply with quote

photos: http://siouxcityjournal.com/blogs/siouxland_history/architecture/photos-woodbury-county-courthouse-history/collection_8c8b5b62-0249-5233-a6ef-0e38574d3161.html#42

article on Centennial celebration:
https://www.woodburycountyiowa.gov/100

article on current window restoration:
http://www.ktiv.com/story/35070623/2017/04/Tuesday/woodbury-county-courthouse-window-restoration-on-schedule-for-100-year-anniversary

article on total restoration costs:
http://siouxcityjournal.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/study-woodbury-county-courthouse-repair-needs-at-million/article_7fb34a7c-55c5-57b3-9a96-7ed920424277.html

article on the architect:
http://siouxcityjournal.com/blogs/siouxland_history/woodbury-county-courthouse-the-vision-of-william-steele/article_8fd17293-b99b-53d8-aced-fcaa59f49501.html
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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2018 1:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Too bad this magnificent building is in one of those out-of-the-way places that make it hard to include on FLWBC tours. It and the nearby Nebraska State Capitol Building in Lincoln are two of the finest government buildings in the country.

An episode of "48 Hours" a few years ago aired a trial held in the building. It photographs very well.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2018 2:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The architect, William Steele, was an associate of Louis Sullivan.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2018 6:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Paul, Steele was associated with the design, because he was local, but the principal firm was Purcell & Elmslie.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 10:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thirty-one pages in Brooks, "Prairie School Architecture, studies from the Western Architect (1975, 1983) are devoted to the building. I will display the first and last pages of the uncredited opening essay, today.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 2:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For a look at another building by William L. Steele, check out the Charles Mix County Court House at 400 East Main St., Lake Andes, SD (1918), photos in The Prairie School Traveler. Clearly G. G. Elmslie had a more profound effect on Steele than Sullivan.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 6:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here are the pages I mentioned above.



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Paul Ringstrom



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PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2018 11:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Roderick Grant wrote:
For a look at another building by William L. Steele, check out the Charles Mix County Court House at 400 East Main St., Lake Andes, SD (1918), photos in The Prairie School Traveler. Clearly G. G. Elmslie had a more profound effect on Steele than Sullivan.


As you know Sullivan was a drunk and Elmslie did most of the work.
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PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2018 1:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My wife and I toured the Woodbury County Courthouse on 5/5/18 and attended the Centennial dinner.

If you are an architecture fan you MUST go out of your way to see this building!

Ianelli did the sculptures, Elmslie designed the terra cotta (which was produced by American Terra Cotta & Ceramic Co. in Terra Cotta, IL north of Crystal Lake) and modeled by the renowned modeler, Kristian Schneider. They also made TECO pottery. Sullivan worked with the same company.

The building needs about $12M in restoration and is scheduled to get it over the next five or six years.
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PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2018 2:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

These days, $12M doesn't seem all that much, especially for one of the most overlooked masterpieces of American architecture.
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