Tough to see Mitchell County Courthouse go

The Gazette Opinion Staff
Published: February 14 2014 | 4:09 pm - Updated: 29 March 2014 | 3:40 am in

The Mitchell County Courthouse was torn down recently. It was a red brick, Greek Revival building, complete with four columns and a silver-domed cupola. Built in 1858, it was the third-oldest courthouse in the state. Now itís nothing more than a memory and a pile of rubble.

Hardheaded, shortsighted county supervisors pushed forward with a plan to raze the courthouse and build new, even though a bond referendum did not receive the 60 percent approval required by state law.

With renovations, this

19th century building could have been preserved and

upgraded for use through

the 21st century.

My heart is heavy with the loss of the Mitchell County Courthouse. I did not grow up in the county but acknowledge that our historic architecture is invaluable. Our built environment tells the tale of how the State of Iowa developed and matured. How do we tell our story if we destroy where we came from?

It was their courthouse, but it was a significant part of our state history.

Jessica Rundlett


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